Gifting someone with a disability can be difficult. You may struggle with wanting to give something they can use but not insensitive. Here are a variety of suggestions that may put an end to your dilemma.
A wheelchair bound patient would like to have their own items easily accessible. A small, compartmentalized bag is an answer to still maintaining a small amount of independence. These can be found in retail stores or easily made if you’re the crafty type. Why not fill it with some tissues, writing paraphernalia, a book by their favorite author or crossword tablet, a snack bar and / or drink while you’re at it.
Many disabilities limit your mobility, especially bending over to pick something up. An aluminum reacher/grabber bar is a great tool for those who are limited. They add the advantage of doing more for yourself instead of always having to ask for help.
A medical ID bracelet is a great gift and gives the caregiver a tiny bit of peace of mind. If you’re loved one is still fairly independent, this is a great way to say you care.
A neck/shoulder/back wrap is a wonderful gift for those with pain. Warmed up and put on the sore area, these add a comforting relief.
A gift certificate for a massage is another welcome gift, offering a reprieve from constant aches and pains and stiffness.
Taking the patient out for the afternoon – lunch, a movie, a walk through the park or mall – can do wonders for their mental well-being. People with disabilities can often spend a lot of time alone and welcome company from others.
Certain disabilities make if difficult to work on the computer. Dragon, a fairly new software, makes it easier to type by speaking instead of writing. This has proven to be invaluable for many.
Doing crosswords or crocheting is made easier with a magnifying glass. Handheld or hands free, these make doing small, hard to see ‘work’ a bit easier.
Keeping track of when to take medication can get confusing when there’s so many different pills to take at so many different times. A medicine organizer is a great solution and there are many different styles to choose from.
A dressing stick assists with putting on sweaters, shirts, pants, coats and more and is invaluable for many. There are also tools to assist in putting on shoes and socks and tools to keep them on.
If your loved one likes to play cards, consider a card holder and/or shuffler to make it easier and enjoyable.
If they like to work in the garden but can’t stand for long periods or bending over is difficult, consider a garden seat tote/tractor. There is room for storage and sitting and resting is made much more convenient.
There are many other items to assist your loved one to make life a little easier, but hopefully one of these suggestions will be just right.