This is the time of year to express how much grandparents mean to you. As a family caregiver, you should think of creative ways to celebrate the day with your senior loved one. Here are some of the things you can do to honor your loved one on Grandparent’s Day.
1. Host a Party
Throwing a party in your loved one’s honor is a great way to celebrate Grandparents Day. You can show your loved one that he or she is truly loved and appreciated. Make sure the theme of the party includes your loved one’s favorite music, food, and games. The more customized the party is, the more special your loved one will feel.
When planning a party for their senior loved one, family caregivers may need to take a break from their caregiving duties to make the necessary arrangements. If you are the primary family caregiver for an elderly loved one and need additional assistance providing high-quality home care, Mesa Home Care Assistance can help. We are a leading home care agency committed to changing the way seniors age.
2. Film a Family History
Gather all of your scrapbooks, photo albums, and personal anecdotes and make a movie out of them. You can have someone record your loved one as he or she goes through the books and albums, recounting stories from the past. He or she can watch the video over and over again, and it is a great memory for you and other family members to have.
3. Perform a Song or Dance Routine
A performance that you and other family members have created could put a big smile on your loved one’s face on Grandparents Day. It would be extra special to have the grandchildren perform alone. If your loved one lives far away, you can send an audio clip of the children singing the song or a video of them singing and dancing to his or her favorite tune.
4. Cook Favorite Dishes
On Grandparents Day, prepare a feast that includes all of your loved one’s favorite dishes, such as appetizers, meats, salads, and desserts. If you do not live in the same home, you can deliver the food to your loved one and brighten his or her day. If your loved one has a favorite restaurant, this would be the perfect time to go to lunch or dinner.
5. Offer Your Services
Grandparents have generally done so much for others over the years, and this would be the perfect time to do something for them. Help around the home doing chores for your loved one, such as making the bed, doing laundry, or cleaning the bathroom. You can also run errands for your loved one, allowing him or her to sit back and relax on this special day.
6. Plan an Outing
Make a full day out of it and take your loved one to the zoo, a museum, the movies, or other fun places. Plan ahead and choose a time frame that works for everyone. Although you want to make it an event for all generations, you should choose activities that suit your loved one’s current health conditions and mobility.
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7. Send a Card or Flowers
Sometimes all it takes is a note or card saying, “I love you.” The flowers and card will let your loved one know you remembered him or her on Grandparent’s Day, and that you truly felt he or she was worth celebrating. The small things typically have the largest impact on seniors.
This Grandparents Day, consider hiring a professional caregiver if your loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks. Some seniors need occasional assistance at home, and oftentimes the family members who take care of them need time away to run errands, take a nap, go to work, or take a vacation. Mesa, Arizona, respite care experts from Home Care Assistance are available on an as-needed basis, giving your family peace of mind that your loved one will remain safe and comfortable while you relax or focus on other important responsibilities. Call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (480) 699-4899 to schedule a free in-home consultation.