Certain illnesses and diseases can have such an effect on an elderly adult that they can no longer live independently, and instead rely on family caregivers and home care providers for help with daily tasks. If your aging relative spends a lot of time at home due to physical limitations, arranging for outings can be a challenge. However, on Valentine’s Day, there’s no better time to let your elderly loved one know how much you care than by planning a fun outing just for them.
This Valentine’s Day show your aging relative that a loss of mobility doesn’t mean the end of special outings. Then, take the time to plan something they won’t forget.
Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner.
For seniors who are frequently housebound, consider taking them to a restaurant or café for a meal. Even if their meals at home are prepared by a home care provider, there’s something special about eating out in a restaurant. Whether the location is full of nostalgia or it’s a brand-new location, a restaurant outing is the perfect way to show your elderly loved one they are special.
Attend a Fun Class.
Many communities, colleges, and businesses offer beginner classes for people looking for something new to do. Classes in cooking, painting, crafts, gardening, dancing, or music are generally not hard to find and accommodate for all ages and abilities. For aging adults that don’t get out much, an outing like this is a fine way to socialize and try new things with you.
The best way to share love is to help those who are less fortunate, and you and your aging relative can volunteer your time this Valentine’s Day. Many organizations are desperate for volunteer help and have plenty of tasks for beginners. Ideas include the local food bank, nursing home, hospital, women’s shelter, animal shelter, and soup kitchen.
Although many parts of the country are still experiencing cold weather, for some states, they are already feeling the early spring. As long as the temperatures are moderate, and your elderly relative wants to go, consider an outdoor venue. Whether you visit a botanical garden, state park, or other outdoor spot, take along a picnic or a treat and enjoy the beauty of nature together.
Attend a Performance or Event.
If your elderly loved one has any interest in performances like ballet, musical theater, or the symphony, it makes a perfect Valentine’s Day outing. Other events that can be fun and special include car shows, sporting events, horse or car races, and historic sites.
Even if your aging loved one has lost a lot of their mobility due to health issues, it doesn’t have to mean the end of enjoyable outings. This Valentine’s Day, take the time to plan something with your aging loved one, and ask a home care provider to help if necessary. Your elderly loved one will definitely appreciate the time you spend together.