Father’s Day for Seniors in Home CareJune 17, 2021
Father’s Day for Seniors in Home Care: Father’s Day is once again here, and as elderly men who live at home know, it’s not a holiday we spend a lot of effort on. Part of it is the timing; by the third week of June, many families have packed the kids off to sleepaway camp, or to their grandparent’s house for a week or two. So by the time Dad is older, Father’s Day isn’t a big deal. Since Dad retired he doesn’t need neckties anymore, and now that he’s a bit older, he really shouldn’t be tending to the grill or using power tools either. So what to do for an elderly father on Father’s Day? Here are a few ideas.
Home Care Help for Fathers Every Day
You might want to use the opportunity of seeing your dad on Father’s Day to make sure he’s getting the help he needs. Dads may not want to admit they need help, and you don’t want him to have to go to an assisted living facility or nursing home sooner than may be necessary. Dads may be reluctant to ask for help and they might even be resistant to help being offered. So giving him a Father’s Day gift of help around the house might make it easier for him to accept. He may not know that home care aides can help with things like meal preparation or medication reminders, which can take a lot of the day-to-day burden off of him.
Celebrating Father’s Day for Seniors in Home Care
For one thing, when considering how to celebrate Father’s Day with your elderly father at home, consider the same advice as we gave for Mother’s Day. Celebrating early in the day is a good idea. Older folks tend to wake up earlier, and especially those who exhibit signs of sundowning will benefit from spending quality time earlier in the day. Some ideas for senior-friendly day celebrations include:
- Take your elderly dad for ice cream. For most elderly folks, ice cream reminds them of their youth. It’s a simple day activity and a treat that your dad will enjoy.
- Golf may not be the most thrilling thing to watch on TV, but traditionally the final day of the US Open golf tournament is held on Father’s Day. If your Dad likes golf, but can’t get out to play anymore himself, chances are he wants to watch that on Father’s Day. Bring some snacks and spend time together. Dad not into golf? Maybe watch a favorite movie instead.
- Hey, just because a fancy brunch is more of a Mother’s Day thing doesn’t mean your dad wouldn’t enjoy it too. Plus, it’s a lot easier to get a table someplace nice on Father’s Day.
It’s important, especially if your dad lives alone, to keep a few things in mind. Your dad might not admit it, but many elderly people who live at home need some extra help, meaning his home isn’t ready for company. Having someone help with light housekeeping can be a big relief so that your dad is comfortable in his home.
No More Neckties! Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Seniors
Many older folks would prefer to have less “stuff” in their homes, meaning buying them gifts can be tricky. So what to do for a gift? Here are a few suggestions.
- If your dad doesn’t live alone, the need to have the TV on its loudest setting can be a problem. And your dad isn’t about to admit he needs hearing aids. That’s where TV Ears can help.
- Who doesn’t enjoy consumable gifts? Elderly men sure do seem to love to snack. And while these snack boxes were originally designed for college students, they make a great gift for dad. The individual portions make it easier for him to maintain a healthy diet, and the variety might just get him to try new things along with his favorites.
- Technology help is always on the menu! Eventually, the technology passes us all by, and older dads might be befuddled by an iPad. But installing and setting up communication apps can help him keep in touch with other family members. As can helping your dad set up social media accounts to see pictures of the grandkids.
These are just a few suggestions. Of course, if you can’t resist getting him a necktie, at least you know you can be creative about it.
Home Care Powered by AUAF Can Help Your Dad Beyond Father’s Day
Having an elderly father who lives at home can be stressful. That’s why the dedicated caregivers at Home Care Powered by AUAF bring professional senior care to your family. Working with your family every step of the way to make sure your dad is taken care of; Home Care Powered by AUAF is a great way to get care for your dad at home. Call us at 773-274-9262 or contact us today to find out how to get started.
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