Making Your Elderly Loved One Feel Special on Mother’s DayMay 12, 2023
Mark your calendar: this Sunday, May 14, is Mother’s Day. Though we should always make a point to show the mothers in our lives how much we appreciate them, Mother’s Day gives us all an opportunity to go above and beyond.
Whether you’re close to your mother, your grandmother, or an aunt, making your elderly loved one feel special on Mother’s Day will provide them with an abundance of memories to cherish. Remember that the time spent together will mean more to them than you could ever realize.
How do I celebrate Mother’s Day with my loved one?
Before you make any plans for Mother’s Day, it’s important you take her health into consideration. Certain health conditions could make sweets the wrong choice for your mother. Similarly, if mobility is a problem, you may want to keep the festivities at home instead of out among the busy crowds.
It’s never a bad idea to ask your mother about her preferences! While she will certainly appreciate the effort put into planning a day on the town, she may prefer to stay at home with her close family. You could also ask her what food she would be in the mood for or if there is anyone she would like to invite. In clarifying these things, you’ll know you’re putting together a celebration that she’ll enjoy.
Spending time together
For most seniors, what they’ll want to do more than anything is spend quality time with their loved ones. Plan a special day together to make the most of the day.
Have a picnic at the park
This time of year, none of us can get enough of being outside. Weather permitting, call your family members together to have a picnic at the park. Have everyone bring a dish, games, or picnic supplies so nobody is overburdened with responsibility. Set up ahead of time, then bring her along for a day of fun in the sun.
Remember to pick a spot with easy access to shade so your elderly loved one has a place to cool off. This could be under a tree or nearby a pavilion. Don’t forget to provide comfortable seating as well.
Have a spa day
Give your mother the pampering she needs by facilitating a spa day. Hop on your favorite coupon site to see if you can find deals for massages, pedicures, facials, or any other treatment you think your mother would be interested in. You could host the spa day on Mother’s Day, or save it for a day or two after and celebrate the holiday together.
Want to spend time outside together, but don’t want to deal with bringing a myriad of supplies out to a park? A family cookout is a great option. By hosting this event at your home or your mother’s home, everything is easier. More seating is available, food and bathrooms are easily accessed, and there are more options to get away from the heat and noise.
While time spent together is enough of a gift for most older adults, you may still be inclined to get your elderly loved one something that makes them feel special on Mother’s Day. Chocolates and flowers are always a great idea, but for something more unique consider some of the below.
- Self-care basket. Bring the spa home by creating a self-care basket. Purchase a set of nice pajamas, luxury skincare, candles, and whatever else you think your mother would enjoy pampering herself with at home.
- Memory journal. This gift is a fantastic option for the prevention of cognitive decline. These journals have the user write down one fond memory a day. This keeps the brain stimulated and encourages positive thinking.
- A robot vacuum. Controlled by your loved one’s phone or tablet, all they have to do is push a button and the vacuum starts doing its job! This will save them time and effort in their day. However, it is important to note that it could be a tripping hazard if your loved one forgets it’s running.
- Handmade goods. Whether you knit your mother a scarf, make her favorite cookies, or paint her something, she will love the time you put into this gift. If you have any children, have them get in on it by making her a card.
Help from a caregiver
Does your elderly loved one still want to live at home, but needs help with certain activities of daily living? For Mother’s Day, consider helping them sign up to receive the support of an at-home caregiver. Home Care Powered by AUAF has offered support to Chicago seniors for 30 years, and we would be happy to do the same for your mother or grandmother.
For more information on our services, give us a call at 773-274-9262.
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