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Holiday Shopping with Elderly Loved Ones – Some Useful Tips

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Elderly-Care-in-Hunters-Creek-TXBefore the turkey has even left the table, it seems, the stores are decked out in holiday decor. With lit trees in every corner and holiday music coming from every speaker, it is like the mall has been transformed into a miniature North Pole! Holiday shopping can be fun for people of all ages, but it is not without its stresses. If you plan to take you elderly loved one shopping this holiday season, keep these useful tips in mind to ensure a pleasant shopping experience:

Bring a List

Write out a list with your elderly loved one before you get to the store. Include the names of people you need to buy for and what you would like to buy. You and your elderly loved one can even make a more detailed plan by including on your list what store you will go to to find each item. Mapping out a route to decrease driving time can also be a huge time saver.

Break up the Day

Holiday shopping can mean a lot of walking and standing in line. Break up the day by scheduling in some break times at a coffee shop, mall food court, or even a favorite restaurant for lunch.

Timing is Key

Try to hit the stores on days and times when they are bound to be a little less crowded. This means less time spent waiting in line and less crowds to fight your way through. When shopping with an elderly loved one, it is best to avoid the Black Friday madness which begins on the night of Thanksgiving and lasts into Friday. During the day on weekdays are also slower times for stores as opposed to weekends and evenings.

Consider Shopping Online

If it is not possible for your elderly loved one to go out shopping, online shopping can be a great way to get the shopping done and keep them involved. Look at online photos of items together and make choices as if you were in a brick and mortar store. If your elderly loved one is missing the atmosphere of the mall during the holidays, play some of their favorite holiday tunes and make a few treats to snack on while you shop.

Keep Safety and Security in Mind

Unfortunately, the holidays can be a time of increased theft. When at the mall, be sure to keep track of personal belongings and don’t leave purses or wallets visible in cars. Locking the car when at the store is a great idea, too.

If you or an aging loved one are considering in-home elderly care in Hunters Creek, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600

Donna Wrabel, LMSW

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