MELROSE PARK, Ill. â For those living with chronic conditions, the best Motherâs Day gift is something that will make navigating her daily routine easier. There are almost 40 million people age 65 and older, making up almost 13 percent of the population. âSweaters, pajamas, candy and perfume are all very nice, traditional and thoughtful gifts for the compromised, but if you want to really show them you are concerned about their well-being, check out your local pharmacy for gifts theyâll use every day,â said Debbie Jansky, assistant nurse manager, Home Health Services at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. Jansky and her team of 35 registered nurses, therapists, social workers and home health aides make about 1,600 home visits each month to those who need skilled nursing or physical therapy in their home. âItâs very sad to see patients receive gifts of expensive perfume or cardigans that they will never enjoy because they canât open the bottle or unbutton the buttons,â Jansky said.
âThese are the items I recommend regularly, and are used and appreciated every day,â she said. Here are Janskyâs top picks for Motherâs Day gifts: Medication organizers $1.50 - $10. Help Mom or Grandma keep track of her pills. Available in all sizes (daily, weekly) and shapes, these tools will give the whole family peace of mind that the right pill is being taken at the right time.
Pill cutter-$3. Many pills and tablets need to be halved or quartered. These handy devices offer precise cutting with minimal effort. Pill punch - $8. âMany medications come in a multipunch card that those with arthritis have trouble manipulating,â said Clark Chrisman, pharmacist at Gottlieb. âThe pill punch easily pushes the individual pill through the sealed packaging.â ID bracelet â $7 and up. A simple piece of jewelry alerts medics to important medical information such as allergies to penicillin, congestive heart failure or diabetes. Item grabber - $28. A sturdy clawlike hand tool that can be used to retrieve a box of crackers from the top shelf or a slipper that got kicked too far under the couch. Adjustable cane - $27. This black cane compresses to a 5-inch-long stick â much like a collapsible umbrella. Small enough to place in a purse or coat pocket, it can be quickly assembled to provide support. Medicool - $45. Keep insulin or other medications cool and organized for easy application. Rollator - $160. A luxurious walker with high-quality wheels and brakes, with a basket for shopping and a handy bench to stop and rest.
Accessible bathroom aids â $27-$100. Handheld water sprayers, toilet seat benches and bathtub safety rails may look insignificant in their box, but install them in the bathroom, and you have created a safe haven that will be used, well, regularly.
All items are available at Gottlieb Professional Building Pharmacy, 675 W. North Ave., Melrose Park. The pharmacy can be contacted at (708) 450-4941. Hours of operation are: Monday and Thursday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesday: 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.