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Being a caregiver for an elderly family member can be a challenge, but it can also be very rewarding. As my in-laws have grown older, they require more specialized care. We do a lot of the chores around their home and farm, drive them to doctor’s appointments, and run any needed errands. Of course, we also plan for outings if they feel up to it and surprise them with lots of goodies. My father in law has gotten so many sweet treats from me, he casually asks, “So…have you cooked any good desserts?” whenever he sees me. One thing I’ve learned, as the holidays approach, is my in-laws have everything they need. They don’t need anything for their home and as my father in law is blind, he can no longer see to read or participate in his favorite hobbies. They do worry about money with their myriad of doctor bills and doctor appointments. I’ve found the best thing I can do for them at Christmas is purchase them necessities. Here’s how I make a “Necessities Care Package” using products from Sam’s Club.
How to Make A Necessities Care Package:
First, decide what your recipients use most often. I knew my in-laws needed toiletries, so I included the following from my in club shopping:
* Moisturizing Body Wash with Shea Butter (comes in a 3 pack!)
* Hand Soap (large 2 pack that could be used to refill smaller bottles and will last the two of them for several months)
* Hand Sanitizer (large bottle)
*I also added Depend® Fit-Flex® Underwear for Women (much cheaper to purchase at Sam’s Club. The packaging shows just how much you save by shopping at Sam’s Club! These new Depend are more flexible and designed to move with you. They featuring all-around leg elastics and a smooth, close-to-body fit. They’re made to be comfortable and discreet. I didn’t purchase any Poise® Liners – Light Absorbency, but if anyone needs these for Light Bladder Leakage, they are a great price as well.
*For a special treat, I added Sea Salt Caramels. I knew they would love this candy, but you can substitute a favorite treat.
If you want to go all, why not add a frozen dinner or a rotisserie chicken from the Sam’s Club deli to give them an easy dinner option.
Other options could include paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish detergent or other often used household products. Obviously, the basket would be easy to change based on people’s needs and tastes.
You’ll also need a basket for the items and a large bow.
How to Assemble the Necessities Care Package
Once I had all of my products from my in club shopping completed, I found a basket for my goodies. I decided to take the Depend products out of their original box (since they are still in protective wrappers) and use them as my “base.” You might need a towel or tissue paper in the bottom of the basket to add height.
Arrange the necessities on top of the Depend products. I added some to the sides of the basket, some to the front and some on the top to create a look of fullness.
Once the items are arranged to your satisfaction, add a bow on top or onto the side for a festive look. I purchased a pre-made bow and tied it to the side of the basket to make it easy on myself.
It makes me feel good to purchase items I know will be used and not just thrown in a closet. Plus, it’s a great way to give them the gift of saving money and time.
Are you a Sam’s Club Member and a Caregiver? Be sure to check out the Sam’s Club Family Caregiving program. It’s the one stop destination for all of your caregiving needs. You can get free health screenings, get prescription refills and find personal care products. You can also download the Digimarc Discovery app. Use the app to scan anywhere on the Depend packaging, and it will drive you to the Sam’s Club Caregiver website. Pretty cool, huh?
Who is the most difficult person to shop for on your Christmas list? Would they like a Necessities Care Package?