Valentine’s Day is a day of love, gifts and spending time together. Although the focus of this holiday is often on romantic love, there is no reason it must be that way. You are free to show affection and appreciation for all the people in your life on V-Day, including your special senior. Take a look below to see how to spread Valentine’s Day joy – possibly with senior care at home.
Say it with flowers
Who can deny that flowers are a timeless way to show your devotion? A lovely floral arrangement can be even more meaningful to a homebound senior who may rarely get such gifts. In addition to classics like roses, consider sending their favorite blossom or one that reminds them of their childhood. Better yet, why not deliver a bouquet in person?
Sweet as candy
Heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are available everywhere this time of year – at the grocery store, pharmacy, and even the gas station. While a sweet treat can brighten someone’s day, many seniors have diet restrictions due to a medical condition. Patients with heart disease often have to limit fat and salt, and diabetics can’t have too much sugar. Instead, consider sugar-free candies and confections to indulge without danger. Check with your loved one’s nutritionist or physician to get a list of approved treats.
Share an outing
Homebound seniors can often feel a little stir crazy – and you might too if you had to stare at the same four walls every day! Why not plan a field trip as a Valentine’s gift you both can enjoy? The excursion doesn’t have to be elaborate. In fact, it may be best to keep it short and simple. Some seniors tire more quickly, and health problems may mean a high level of activity are ill advised. Lunch out at a café, a movie outing or cultural event like an art show can be a refreshing break from daily routines.
Reminisce . . . or not
For some seniors, Valentine’s Day can be bittersweet. If your elder recently lost a spouse or partner, the holiday can make them sad. Some seniors may want to process their grief by looking at family albums, watching home movies and reminiscing. But others may find these feelings too painful to explore. Respect your senior’s preference and help them cope however they are most comfortable.
There’s no place like home . . . senior care at home
Home care is one of the most valuable gifts you can give your loved one. Having someone come over to assist with meals, clean the house and provide transportation can reduce stress on your senior. Setting up home care is an investment to keep your loved one healthy, safe and in their home where they prefer to be. It’s the gift that keeps on giving long after Valentine’s Day cards have been opened, chocolates eaten, and flowers have faded away. Offering senior home care demonstrates that you love them not just on certain holidays, but every single day of the year.
If your loved one needs help, look to the trained and compassionate staff at the Institute of Aging to help you make the best decisions about at-home senior care. Contact us to find out more.