The decision to transition a parent into a senior living community is never easy. It's not uncommon for loved ones to feel isolated and sad during their first few months, so it's important for family members to visit frequently, especially on specific holidays. While spending time with seniors during Thanksgiving and Christmas are no-brainers, people can't overlook occasions such as Mother's Day.
Here's how family members can celebrate Mother's Day with their mothers, grandmothers, aunts or other lovely ladies in their lives living in a senior living community:
Go to the theater
Is there a film or show your loved one has been wanting to see? If so, Mother's Day is the perfect occasion to do so. If family members feel uncomfortable being out and about, people could bring the event to them, according to Parents magazine. Whether it's setting up a projector to watch old family movies or having children perform a few songs or skills of their own, mothers will be happy to relive old memories and create new ones in the process.
"Family members can set up a mani/pedi station for their loved ones."
Create a homemade spa
Moms deserve to be pampered on this special holiday. They may not want to make a fuss over themselves on Mother's Day, but family members can show their loved ones the treatment they deserve by bringing the spa to the senior living community, according to U.S. News & World Report. People could set up a mani/pedi station or hire a hair professional to perform a cut or trim to indulge loved ones on this special occasion.
Don't count out flowers
There's a reason why stores order additional flower arrangements prior to Mother's Day. According to About Flowers, the event accounts for 25 percent of the floral purchases made for the holidays.
While this trend may seem old-fashioned, it will never go out of style. Family members should consider giving flowers on Mother's Day, as they'll always be appreciated by loved ones. The traditional gesture can be shared as a stand-alone action or in addition to another gift, depending on the person's preferences. Giving a loved one her favorite flower is a smart way to make someone feel valued. Just remember to order them in advance, The Spruce recommended.
Ask for insight
Every woman is different and will want to spend this special holiday in her own way. Family members should ask their female loved ones what they'd like to do for Mother's Day. Some may look forward to time outside the senior living community with their grandchildren doing activities like taking a walk or arts and crafts. Others may prefer to have their loved ones visit their new home, making the environment more familiar. No matter what their choice, asking for people's insight will ensure family members plan a Mother's Day celebration that won't be forgotten, according to Aging Care.
Mother's Day is a time to show appreciation and gratitude. Although loved ones may currently be living in an assisted living community, family members can still show female role models that they're valued.