Home caregivers understand that it is often the little things that count the most. A simple smile or a cheerful comment can sometimes be the brightest moment of a person’s day. Home caregiving aside, we’ve all had those days when things were going wrong and a simple hello or small act of kindness from a stranger or a friend helped pull us out of a dark mood. This is why the caregivers at Alegre Home Care make it part of their mission to be the bright spots in the lives of their clients; we understand that all those small moments of cheer add up to have a bigger impact over time.
Last month during Pride in the San Francisco Bay Area, several caregivers and the director of Alegre Home Care, Charles Symes, had the pleasure of delivering Pride bouquets to our LGBT senior clients. This annual tradition is one of the small steps we take to provide extra kindness to the people receiving home care services. Recently, we received a thank you note from one of those seniors in the mail. This gesture touched our hearts and showed us how our act of kindness rippled out and came back to us. Sometimes it is just the little things that count.
5 Small Gifts that Make a Big Difference
Home caregivers have a lot on their plate when providing home care services, so we never expect caregivers to overextend themselves. This is another reason we focus on small gifts and small acts of kindness. We want to offer ideas that will enrich the lives of both the caregivers and the clients and this requires things that are affordable and not time intensive. Below are five small, easy gifts that can make a world of difference to someone receiving home care services.
Flowers. The nice thing about flowers is that they are appropriate for any occasion. While a bouquet is nice, even a single flower will brighten up a room and make someone’s day. A small bouquet or single flower is inexpensive. You can even pick a flower you’ve grown yourself if you have a garden. If possible, go one step further and gift your client their favorite flower. That small detail will help someone feel appreciated and seen.
Greeting card. Writing and receiving a greeting card is a personal way to communicate. Cards provide something tangible and tactile to hold onto as keepsakes. You can also personalize the card by choosing a theme and message that is relevant to something your client enjoys. There are greeting cards for all sorts of events, but you don’t need to wait for a special occasion; a blank card can be filled with a heartwarming message and given any day of the week.
Food. The best way to many people’s hearts is through their stomachs! A little treat can be all that’s needed to cheer someone up. Making someone’s favorite meal can help them feel special and bring up memories of comfort and nostalgia. Fresh baked cookies or other desserts are a personal way to show you care, especially if you are able to accommodate special dietary needs.
Magazine. If you have clients who love to read, magazines are inexpensive gifts compared to books. A wide variety of magazines exist — topics ranging from gardening to pets to senior living can be found on magazine shelves. Magazines are also lightweight and easier to hold than most books, making them good options for seniors who have arthritis or similar conditions.
Pampering. Taking a little extra time to do a client’s nails, draw them a bubble bath, do their hair, or help them dress up in a fancy outfit can help boost their confidence. Some pampering is also an easy way to break up a series of monotonous days or help a client feel good about themselves during special occasions.
Why Home Caregiving Makes a Difference
Home caregiving allows people to recover from illness or injury and age with dignity within the comfort of their own homes. Home care services provide a sense of independence and reduce the risks of loneliness and depression for seniors. These are just some of the benefits of home caregiving and how it makes a difference in people’s lives.
If you are interested in receiving home care services or if you would like to become a caregiver at Alegre Home Care, please contact us at one of our Northern California locations. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have.