Holiday shopping is likely the worst part of the holidays. It starts the day after Thanksgiving with Black Friday sales. The Christmas sales take over after that and last through December 28th with the ever-growing popularity of after Christmas sales.
Shopping is a hassle for most people, but for the elderly it is even more difficult for a multitude of reasons:
- The crowds and increased noise levels
- Aggressive shoppers
- Holiday road rage
- Winter weather
Holiday shopping differs from shopping any other time of the year because you aren’t usually shopping for yourself. You are likely to be shopping for grandchildren or great-grandchildren who wants items that you are not familiar with like an iPod, a cell phone, or the latest music CD or DVD video. Given the increased crowds and noise levels in the stores, not only is store help difficult to come by, but the shopping environment is generally more hectic and rushed than normal, which can lead to increased stress and frustration.
Shopping aggression and holiday road rage go hand in hand. Both are difficult for a young person to deal with. It’s much harder for a senior citizen with health problems to navigate the craziness. Shopping carts pushed around erratically so the shopper can get to their next item on their list that much faster, customers grabbing boxes out of each other’s hands, and increased frustrations from waiting on longer than normal lines are all examples of the hectic holiday shopping rush. All of these things can lead to increased levels of aggressiveness and anger in the shoppers around you.
Lastly, there are the winter conditions to deal with while trying to shop. Even in Florida, December is a cold month of the year, which can make it even more likely that you do not want to be on the roads or waiting on lines to get into stores. A great answer to this problem for those senior citizens who lack family members or friends that are able to help is home care. Many seniors have family members scattered around the nation and live alone in their home state. They may want to send gifts to their family members, but lack the energy or resources to get out and purchase them. Home health care services aren’t just for medical care. Home care staff members will come to your home to help you with many things. Some examples are:
- ADLs (Activities of Daily Living)
- Light housework
- Retrieving your mail
- Running Errands
Holiday shopping falls under that last category. If you need someone more able-bodied to do your holiday errands, just call Boca Home Care. We will send an aide to your residence who will help do your shopping and even wrap and mail out your gifts.
Maybe someone you love wants to receive a gift that you can only purchase on the internet. If you have access to the internet in your home, your aide can help you do that, as well. Many seniors don’t know how or just don’t like to use a computer. Ask your aide for help. Home care services can be a great help during the holidays, as well as any time of the year.Read more