Rain, harsh winds and even snow and ice at this time of year can make it increasingly difficult for the elderly and vulnerable to get out of the house on a regular basis to run errands or get any shopping they need.
If they don’t have regular contact with family or neighbours or support from a carer who might be able to help them, then they could go days without leaving the house and go without essential items, which is why we’ve put together a few ideas for items you can include in a care package for any elderly or vulnerable family members, friends or neighbours you might have.
- Book of puzzles/crosswords – to keep their mind busy
- Reading book – another way to keep the mind busy by losing themselves in a good book
- Hat/scarf/blanket/hot water bottle – to keep them warm
- Notebook/paper and pens – so they can jot down notes or draw
- Toiletries – washing items, soap, disposable razor, deodorants, lip balm, moisturiser, shampoo
- Snacks – why not bake at home or go for shop bought treats, try to include some fruit too!
- First aid items – cough sweets, plasters, tissues, cold remedies
- Handwritten note or card – just a little note to say ‘hello’ and brighten up their day
If you would like to help our service users with care packages, then why not get involved in our shoebox appeal? We are accepting donations of shoeboxes full of goodies for the elderly and will distribute them evenly among our service users.