This Christmas give a caregiver the gift of medical supplies

It’s a cold, hard fact that caregivers need medical supplies – often by the bulk – to take care of an aging and/or sick loved one. Therefore, it would be very easy to come up with this sales pitch: “this Christmas save a caregiver you know and love a lot of trouble (and yourself a lot of money) and present them with the gift of cheap medical stuff online.” But we’re not here just to make your life easier; we’re also here to challenge you. And to show you that capitalism can peacefully co-exist with the Christmas spirit. And that it’s not just thoughts that count but actions as well.  In summary, that as far as support goes a crutch can be a moral crutch as well as an actual crutch, as long as you coat it with an Extra Layer of Meaning. For example:

Adult underwear. Urinary and fecal incontinence is a very common side effect of aging and dementia. Thus, it is often part of a caregiver’s duties to change diapers on a regular basis. For an adult person. There are people who could not bring themselves to change a baby’s diapers, let alone an elderly person’s – and yet, caregivers do this day in and day out. It’s literally a dirty job and someone’s gotta do it, but where does it say that only the caregiver has to do it? We say, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. That is, don’t just give the gift of adult underwear; give the gift of actually changing an adult diaper now and then. So when you and your caregiver friend are watching It’s A Wonderful Life and the aged P. needs changing, you can proudly say, “don’t get up, I got this one.”

Wheelchairs. Wheelchairs are essential medical supplies for people with limited mobility, but they don’t push themselves, do they? More often than not, caregivers push them. However, it doesn’t seem very Christmassy to tell someone, “here, have something you can push around all day.” So don’t just go, “here’s the wheelchair (insert name of care receiver) needed. Sorry I didn’t wrap it, but have you ever tried to wrap a wheelchair? It’s though.” Go the extra mile and say, “here’s a wheelchair, now how’s about me and (insert name of care receiver) take it out for a spin? Meanwhile you can relax a little, read a book, enjoy a soothing bath, get some rest, a little shut-eye.”

Bariatric equipment. This may be the perfect example because caregiving for a bariatric patient is at the very least a two-person operation. So even if you were generous to buy your favorite caregiver a bariatric commode or transfer bench for Christmas, you’re still putting them at risk of a hernia unless you stay put and help them out. So by all means help them out.

Related: What to give a caregiver for Christmas?