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6 Useful Items Family Caregivers Should Look for on Black Friday

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Black Friday is the ideal time to go shopping for some of the best bargains of the year. Caregivers should take advantage of the tremendous sales and find items for personal or caregiving use. Here are a few items you should consider buying on Black Friday.

1. Mobile Devices

Electronic gadgets are commonly offered at amazingly low prices on Black Friday, and tablets and iPads are ideal to take along anywhere. They can be used to keep track of appointments, access medical information, or provide a bit of entertainment. The electronic gadgets are also good for making contact lists or medication and medical condition databases. Mobile devices can also be used in place of GPS technology for navigation purposes. 

Even with the help of the best tech gadgets, caring for older adults can still be a challenging task. Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Roseville, California, family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties can turn to Home Care Assistance. Using our proprietary Balanced Care Method, our respite caregivers can encourage your loved one to eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of mental and social stimulation, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity.

2. Chargers

More and more caregivers are using mobile devices to simplify or organize tasks. However, at some point, many find themselves without a charger. Pick up one or two extra chargers to have on hand or keep in a caregiver bag. Power banks are another ingenious idea, and they are relatively inexpensive during Black Friday sales. By using a power bank, caregivers can easily charge their cellphones without the use of a power outlet.

3. Entertainment Items

Books, CDs, movies, puzzles and other items offer a little entertainment when waiting at a doctor’s appointment or when having a little free time. These items can also keep older adults with dementia occupied and less bored. 

Dementia can be challenging for seniors to manage, but they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional dementia care. Roseville seniors can benefit greatly from the Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM), an activities-based program designed to promote cognitive health and delay the onset of dementia. CTM is included at no additional charge with any of the in-home care plans provided by Home Care Assistance.

4. Video Game Consoles

As electronic devices are typically reduced in price, consider picking up a video game console such as a Wii. The system enables users to engage in a variety of motion-sensing activities and get some much-needed exercise while having a bit of fun. Video games are also ideal for helping seniors maintain their cognitive health.

5. Personal Care Products

Look for sales on everything from gel hand cleaner to wet wipes, which can come in handy everyday. Buying the items in bulk saves time and money. Other items to consider include body washes, shampoos, and deodorants. Consider picking up items for yourself and your loved one. Perhaps get a jump on the flu season and create a flu survival kit with over-the-counter medications, instant soups, beverages, and other necessary items.

6. Aromatherapy Products

Scented candles, aroma-diffusing devices, and essential oils are some of the many products available for aromatherapy. Along with eliminating unpleasant odors, the devices may also be used to calm an agitated senior with dementia. Scented bath bombs and similar preparations are also worth considering. The items can be used to encourage relaxation and relieve stress.

Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Roseville Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. To create a comprehensive in-home care plan for your elderly parent, call us at 916.226.3737 today.