Seniors who are aging in place need to have their physical needs met but they also need to have a sense of purpose and a reason to get up each day. Combining crafts and a purpose help seniors stay busy, maintain brain health, and do some good in the world. Doing crafts can be a fantastic way for seniors to keep their dexterity and strength in their hands while also giving themselves a brain work out as they solve problems and use creativity to make things. If your senior has help from 24-hour home care they can assist your senior through the process.
There are many organizations that collect handmade items like socks, hats, scarves, gloves, blankets, and other items. They then distribute these items to people and charities that need them. By doing crafts that will be donated seniors are able to get the many physical and mental health benefits associated with both crafting and volunteer work.
Some of many things that seniors can make to donate are:
Cage Blankets For Shelter Pets
There are many organizations that collect and donate handmade blankets that are sized for pet shelter cages. Dogs and cats who are shelters all over the country are given a little comfort and joy by having soft handmade blankets to sleep on instead of paper or a scratchy towel. Blankets can be made from fleece or they can be knitted or crocheted. Some shelters and rescues let the pet take the blanket when they are adopted so they go to their new home with their own special donated blanket. Foster pet parents who take care for orphaned kittens and puppies often rely on handmade blankets to keep the babies warm.
Quilts For Sick Children
There are also organizations that give away handmade quilts and blankets to children who are very sick and need to be hospitalized. The blankets provide comfort and warmth to children who need both because they often scared and disoriented in the hospital. A handmade quilt or a crocheted blanket is often very soothing for children going through a tough ordeal.
Hats, Gloves, and Scarves For The Homeless
Warm hats, gloves, and scarves for people who are living on the street or in shelters are always in high demand. If your senior loved one likes to knit or crochet there are plenty of organizations that would love to have them to donate some handmade scarves, hats, and gloves.
Face masks are something that everyone needs know and often people can’t afford cloth masks. Making face masks that will be donated to other seniors, children, and those at high risk of becoming ill if they don’t have a mask is a very worthwhile way for your senior loved one to spend their time.
How 24-Hour Home Care Can Assist
Getting supplies can be a problem sometimes but 24-hour home care providers who look after your senior loved one can help them shop for supplies or order them online. And 24-hour home care providers can also help ship the items that your senior loved one makes to an organization that can use them.
If you or an aging loved one are considering 24-Home Care Services in Northbrook IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.