Santa came early to Southern Arizona Eldercare to drop off gifts to our amazing caregivers!!!
All of our caregivers are so incredibly awesome and hardworking! We are so lucky to have each and every one of you!!
Christmas continues to get closer and although you may be very busy during this time, give yourself a break to make sure you’re mentally healthy! With everything going on during this time of year, it’s good to check in with yourself in order to be there for your loved ones. Here at Southern Arizona Eldercare, we did some research and came up with a few things that we think can benefit just about anyone.
1. Recognize your feelings- This time of year can be extremely hard for many people- you may have recently lost a loved one which makes celebrating the holidays hard, but give yourself time to grieve. Since everyone grieves in their own way, find what works best for you (hopefully a safe solution) and engage in what makes you feel better.
2. Get Help/Reach out- If you’re feeling isolated or lonely, be sure to reach out to someone. Have a good support group in which you can rely on to help you through any tough time you’re having. You may also want to volunteer- giving back can most definitely lift your spirits and help you make some new friends.
3. Take a little time for yourself- You don’t want to isolate yourself too much but a little time to yourself can be good- Maybe take a quiet walk, listen to some relaxing music, read a book or treat yourself to a massage.
4. Plan- Rather than run around at the last minute, try to plan ahead. Create a list of gifts you need and stores you need to go to in order to help things go a little smoother. This also applies for cooking during the holidays- make sure you’ve got all the ingredients necessary to avoid running to the store at the last minute. Don’t forget about online shopping either!
5. Be realistic- Not every holiday is going to go just as planned and some of the traditions you’re used to may change.
6. Say no- Some of your friends and family may be pulling you in a million different directions, wanting to do certain activities. If you’re tired and overwhelmed, politely tell them you’ll pass on a specific outing. Explain to your friend or family member what you’re going through, tell them to have a good time and maybe you’ll have a little less on your plate next time.
Finally, if you’re feeling so overwhelmed that nothing you’ve tried has helped and you’re at your wit’s end, seek professional help. Despite your best efforts, you may still be feeling sad and depressed at professional help could most definitely benefit you. If you need any help finding a professional or need any kind of companionship please don’t hesitate to reach out to us- If we can’t help directly, we can certainly point you in the right direction.
Southern Arizona Eldercare
With Christmas in less than two weeks, we thought we’d put together a list of great gifts for seniors. The following list consists of items that are not only functional, but also wonderful things to receive.
Heating pad wrap for neck and back
Arthritis bottle opener
Toilet bowl night light- these come in a variety of colors and will help guide the way in the middle of the night.
Easy twist grip jar opener
Full page magnifying glass reader
Talking button clock- This is a large “button” that when pushed announces the current time.
Automatic jar opener- If your loved one may not have the strength to use an easy twist grip opener, this could be a great alternative.
Dementia day clock- Large print clock which displays not only the current time, but also day and date.
LED bed lights- These lights go under and around the bed to give light in the middle of the night.
Foldable walking cane
Wireless headphone system- Great for someone who is hard of hearing- Many headphone systems are programmable with a television, allowing your loved one to enjoy thier favorite tv program.
Folding tv tray
Magnetic necklace clasp
Motion sensor light switch- Allows your loved one to turn on the light simply by walking in front of the light switch.
Single serve coffee maker
Roomba robotic vacuum- This automatic vacuum is easy to set up and can vacuum your loved ones floors on a daily basis.
Heated throw blanket
Sock aid- Takes away your loved ones stress in having to bend over to put on socks.
Car swivel seat/Travel aids- The swivel seat allows your loved one to easily get in and out of a vehicle, while a travel aid can be used to help steady them.
Photo Phones- This is a landline phone but rather than having to look for and dial a phone number or remember who is on which speed dial number, your loved one can simply push the button next to the picture of the contact on their phone.
Soup and cracker bowl set
Induction cooktop- These are great because the top of the cooktop does not get hot which not only helps to reduce the risk of burns, but if your loved one accidentally leaves the cooktop on, it’s not going to start a fire.
Smart shopper grocery list organizer- Your loved one speaks to the grocery organizer to create a grocery list. This is a great way to ensure nothing is forgotten at the grocery store.
Meal delivery service- There are a few different services in the Tucson/Green Valley area that deliver either weekly or individual meals to seniors.
Sleep therapy machine
Home satellite radio- Allow your loved one to listen to some of their favorite tunes anytime.
Voice control reminder system
Extension pole grabber
Audio books- These are great for senior who have loved reading but may no longer have the sight needed to read books anymore.
These are just a handful of items we found that we thought would make great gifts for seniors. Most of these items are very affordable and available on Amazon. If you’d like to know more about any of these items please reach out to us!
Thank you so much for keeping up with us! We wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season!
Southern Arizona Eldercare
We are so excited to finally be moving our office next week! We have had a wonderful 3 years here at our current location, but a great opportunity came available at the Green Valley Village so we’re super excited to be making the move!! Thank you to our amazing neighbors here at 1910 N. La Canada- We have really enjoyed all of you since we opened our doors back in December of 2015!
We’ll be officially moving on December 14th/15th to our new location at 101 S. La Canada Dr. Ste #72! We’ve been putting a lot of work into making this new office great and we hope to have the move complete in a weekend, with the doors open by the 17th.
Thank you to all of the caregivers who have offered to volunteer their time to help move! There are soooo many things we couldn’t do without all of you! Lunch (pizza) will be provided to those of you coming out to help.
I’m hoping to have a ‘grand-re-opening’ party once we’re completely settled in, closer to the first of year. A post will be sent out with that information (and hopefully an ad on the Arizona Daily Star website). We’d love to have a get together with everyone including our new neighbors at the Village.
Again, thank you so much for everyone who’s helped in the move and who will be helping us continue to move forward!!
Southern Arizona Eldercare is proud to be hosting a toy drive this year to help some of the less fortunate children in our local community. All toys (and clothing) will be donated to the local Salvation Army here in the Sahuarita/Green Valley area. We will have a large donation box set up here at our office located at 1910 N. La Canada Dr for anyone who would like to participate. The toy drive will be held from November 27th until December 20th.
Toys, clothing and non perishable food will be accpted in our office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 am – 4 pm. Thank you so much for helping us make this year extra special for some of local children in our community!