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   restaurant. Personal pampering is a special treat as well. Gift certificates to the hair salon, for a manicure or pedicure, or maybe even a massage is a special treat. Don't’ for- get transportation if that is needed. Or you could create a door-to-door package to elim- inate any travel concerns that includes all the stops in between that they would enjoy such as a favorite museum, the park, a trip to a movie, or dinner with a friend. These types of arrangements should always include a companion for more fun.
promotes calm and relaxation? Weighted blankets have been shown to relieve distress and anxiety and are especially helpful for a person living with dementia. They tend to range from $50-$70. A heated throw blanket or heavyweight wheelchair lap blanket will help to keep loved ones cozy and warm as well for less than $50.
include a gift card and companionship for a day of shopping. The amount is up to you. For those that need assistance with care needs adaptive clothing options are perfect. They can range from clothing that is easier to put on and remove but also can benefit those experiencing certain conditions such as lim- ited mobility, arthritis, edema, diabetes, CHF, and more. Compression socks are another great option as are non-skid house slippers for men and women.
be sure to buy them a new one and not give them your hand-me-downs. You didn’t want that outdated equipment any longer so why give them outdated equipment and start them out at a disadvantage. If you’re taking the leap to technology, start with what they will benefit from the most. Finding items with larger buttons and screens can be help- ful. And then, help them set up some apps, email, Facebook, and more so that they can stay connected with you.
 Who wouldn’t benefit from a gift that
There are many gifts that can make daily life easier, healthier, and more comfort- able. Daily care items might be an electric toothbrush or electric shaver. Kitchen items might include an electric can opener or auto- matic jar opener. Safety concerns could be addressed with motion-activated lighting anywhere inside or outside of the house. Keyless entry is another good option. One of my favorites is the cup holder. You can add one to just about anything nowadays from a walker to a stationary exercise bike. And staying hydrated is an added benefit. Mobility aides can also be a great gift. See the article starting on page 26 for many options.
Other types of connection might come from an Echo or Echo Dot, or even the
new Miles for Memories G.P.S. watch and personal I.D. bracelet. It was originally designed to help with the person living with dementia but the number of additional uses makes it a great gift. You can interact with up to 10 individuals as well as keep track of movement and where your loved one might be. Call Miles for Memories at (269) 979- 1412 ext. 305 or visit their website for more details at
 For the person that loves to shop you can
I’ve brought up technology once already but these ideas are where you might house the items already mentioned. Maybe your loved one is ready for a smart phone, ipad or tablet, or laptop. Whatever you decide,
A special thank you to the DailyCaring editorial team for the research in pricing and photography. All prices quoted were checked shortly before publication, but prices and availability change often and might not match what is found online.
Peace of Mind
Marian E. Burch Adult Day Care Center
Providing support Monday-Friday, 7am-4:30pm so you can keep your loved one in their own home environment as long as possible.
• Care Conference meetings with Caregivers to discuss loved ones’ progress.
• Transportation, Nutritious Meal, and snacks.
• Variety of daily cognitive and physical activities, including music, art, and community out- ings.
• Full-time nurse providing medication management and medical monitoring. Our nurse works closely with your primary care physician.
• Full-time Certified Nurse Aides providing personal care including whirlpool baths, shaving and per- sonal care.
• Pre-arranged Overnight Respite
• Restorative Therapy available.
• Full-service beauty shop and podiatry services available.
• Serving adults 18 years and older Monday - Friday, 7am-4:30-pm
• Financial assistance available to those who qualify.
Marian E. Burch is a department of Calhoun County Medical Care Facility since 1983.
 1150 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014 (269) 962-1750
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