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Holiday Gifts for In-Home Care Aides...What's Appropriate?

Stumped on a gift idea for your In-Home Caregiver? This holiday season you will want to remember and express your appreciation for the dedicated person who cares for your parent or loved one. What gifts are most appropriate and appreciated?

In most cases, a cash holiday gift will be most appropriate. A current general rule of thumb for a Home Health Aide/Caregiver who has been with your family for a year or more is a sum equal to one day's typical wages. You should not feel obligated, however, to go beyond your personal budget during the holidays. Additionally, if you tip or award small cash bonuses throughout the year, you might elect to give a more modest holiday gift. If your budget is tight, consider a gift card to a local grocery or discount store. Gift cards to department stores or specialty boutiques are "hit or miss" depending on your caregiver's preferences. We recommend that gifts be presented by family members rather than an elderly client. This avoids any potential misunderstandings surrounding the gift.

Looking for other options? Consider the following gift ideas to reward your special In-Home Care Aide for a job well done.

1. Paid time off. Perhaps a family member can fill in while your caregiver gets some much deserved rest and relaxation. Both of you will benefit when your caregiver returns, recharged and refreshed.

2. Spa/Massage Gift Certificates. Acknowledge that your caregiver's work may be physically or mentally demanding. Encourage her to take time to relax and relieve stress.

3. Dinner For 2 A gift card for dinner for two at her favorite restaurant is always appreciated.

4.Personalized Gift Basket. Show that you care and take note of her interests and favorite items by creating a unique gift basket. Include items like her favorite teas/coffee, scented soaps, CDs, gift card for preferred store or restaurant.

5.Grocery Gift Card. Selecting a gift card for the grocery store that she frequents will certainly be a gift that is used.

Above all, take the time to write a few words of appreciation to your caregiver during the holidays. Your praise and gratitude just might be the best gift of all this season!

Looking for caregiver services to relieve your private caregiver during the holiday season, or to cover a much needed vacation? Consult Atlanta's most trusted source for quality Home Care assistance, Easy Living Services, Inc. We have supported Atlanta families in their efforts to keep loved ones fulfilled at home since 1994. Call to discuss your specific needs, 770-442-8664 or visit us at

Other gift ideas or thoughts on gift giving?....please post your idea as a comment to our blog!

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