It was a beautiful pitcher. Cut glass with a lovely grapevine pattern and she was so excited to give it to Grandma for her birthday. You could tell she couldn’t wait to see Grandma’s face when she opened the gift because it was exquisitely wrapped with a real ribbon bow.
So when Grandma struggled with the weight of the box and needed help to lift the would-be heirloom out of the box, it was evident that although her heart was all in, and Grandma would love it because it had come from her, it wasn’t the right gift for Grandma.
Later, over cake, when Grandma said, “Oh, it’s beautiful but I couldn’t possible use it. I might drop it and break it.” The matter was closed. It was one more thing that would go on a shelf and never see the light of day – at least not one of Grandma’s.
When we give gifts to seniors, we have to see them as they are today. Will they be able to handle it? Will they be able to use it? Is it practical for them or will it cause them aggravation and stress?
My friend and I were running through the grocery to get snacks for the kids’ soccer team. Bottled water was on sale and she mentioned how she had been picking up cases of it and taking it to her mom. But after the third case got stacked up in the pantry, she asked her mom why she wasn’t using the water. After all, it would be easy to put in the refrigerator and take out. She didn’t have to dirty up a glass and she didn’t have to worry about dropping it and having shattered glass on the floor.
Her mom sheepishly informed her that she didn’t use the bottles because, well, she couldn’t open them. She did not have the strength and dexterity to twist off the tops. My friend was embarrassed because she hadn’t even considered that would be a problem.
We have many clients who have given the Keeping In Touch Solutions daily call service as a gift. In the beginning, it might seem like a bit out of the ordinary. But after several weeks or months, both the giver and the recipient realize that a daily call has been the gift that expands with use.
The giver gets in this case: peace of mind, reassurance, gratitude and more sleep! The recipient gets a connection that becomes an important daily event: someone to share with, someone to provide reminders, a connection, a security, the feeling that someone else really does care.
So, for the next birthday or holiday gift, give grandma or grandpa something they will appreciate and really be able to use.
If you want to learn more, set up a complimentary solutions consultation. Find out why you could be the giver of the perfect gift, remembered and used for a long, long time to come.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.
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