Valentine’s Day is a day for love, no matter how old a person is. Getting your senior loved one involved in the holiday is a great way to help him or her feel included and liven his or her spirits. It can even provide a little boost to your loved one’s mental and physical wellbeing. Check out some fun activities your loved one can do this Valentine’s Day.
1. Make Cards and Other Crafts
One of the best ways for people of all ages to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to put their creativity to good use. Get together with your loved one, a group of his or her friends—or maybe a few children and grandchildren, and get crafty with papers, stickers, paint, and other supplies. Your loved one and the rest of the group can make décor for their own homes or create cards for their friends and family. They can even make cards to take to a local nursing home, send to members of the military, or deliver to a local children’s hospital.
The more your loved one engages in crafts and other mentally stimulating activities, the better it is for his or her mental health. However, he or she may still need assistance with daily tasks around the home. Families who need help caring for a senior loved one can turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of West Hartford elder care. Services available in our customizable care plans include meal prep, mental and social stimulation, assistance with personal hygiene tasks, and much more.
2. Do Something Nice for Someone in Need
Come up with a way to show some love for people in need in your community. Depending on your loved one’s abilities, you can find a way for him or her to spend the day volunteering. Cleaning up a park, walking shelter dogs, mentoring community children, and raising money or goods for a local shelter are all great ideas.
3. Bake Some Treats
Everyone loves a sweet treat on holidays, so get together with your loved one and other friends or family who want to join in and start baking. Heart-shaped cookies, red velvet cakes, and Valentine’s Day-themed candy are all options for a sweet treat menu. Make sure you abide by any special dietary guidelines your loved one must follow. If you don’t want to eat all of those goodies yourself, take your loved one out to deliver them to your local police or fire department, a local nursing home, or your loved one’s neighbors.
You can use this holiday as an opportunity to help your loved one work on his or her cooking skills as well. If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. West Hartford seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.
4. Hold a Romantic Comedy Movie Night
Movie nights at home are a great way to spend any day of the year, especially if your loved one is housebound or has mobility issues. On Valentine’s Day, turn your movie night into a love-themed celebration. Gather some other family members, and choose a favorite romantic comedy from your loved one’s younger days, or select something new that he or she hasn’t yet seen. Don’t forget the popcorn and Valentine’s Day candy.
5. Spend Time Together
Even if your loved one isn’t into crafts or baking, he or she can still enjoy Valentine’s Day. Just spending time together is the best way to celebrate the day’s theme. You can cook a meal together, go shopping, play golf, go fishing, see a movie or play, or visit with other friends and relatives. Make sure your loved one helps you choose the activity.
If you’re unable to spend time with your loved one or engage in stimulating activities together throughout the year, consider hiring a professional caregiver to provide regular companionship and support. Though you may be researching multiple agencies that provide senior care, West Hartford, Connecticut, Home Care Assistance has much to offer your family and your elderly loved one. We are leaders in the senior home care industry, offering proprietary programs like our holistic Balanced Care Method and around-the-clock assistance from reliable, experienced caregivers. Trust Home Care Assistance to help your loved one enjoy a happier and healthier life in the golden years. Call us today at (860) 372-4500 to learn about our premier elderly care programs.