Valentine’s Day is just right around the corner and you can already smell romance in the air. Celebrated in honor of St. Valentine, this day usually means having romantic dinners, exchanging gifts, and giving flowers and chocolates to the people you love.
But what about those residents in memory care assisted living?
Here are some fun gift ideas that will surely make them feel loved this Valentine’s Day:
No other gift represents Valentine’s Day more than a bunch of beautiful flowers. These blooms are easy to find, and they don’t cost a lot, but they never fail to make anyone who receives them feel extra special on Valentine’s Day.
If you’re feeling a bit more generous, you can also include a box of chocolates or a teddy bear with the flowers.
Does your loved one have a sweet tooth? Or does he have a favorite dish when he was back home living with you? Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to treat him to a homemade favorite that you personally prepared.
The gesture alone is enough to make any elderly feel loved and special. You can even go the extra mile and prepare a spread for him and if the memory care assisted living facility permits, you can go on a lunch picnic to spend quality time with your loved one and give him a taste of home.
A handmade card.
A Valentine’s Day card is one of the easiest yet most profound ways to express your love for someone. Gather the whole family and spend a weekend making personalized cards to give to your elderly loved one on Valentine’s Day.
This simple activity isn’t only fun, especially for the kids, but having something handmade can really touch your loved ones and allow them to experience home even if they’re far away.
A visit to the facility.
Time is still the most precious gift that you can give to your loved one in memory care assisted living. They miss home and having you spend some time with them during Valentine’s Day will allow them to experience a part of their life even for a few hours.
You can even bring the whole family to surprise your loved one and they’ll surely remember this day for a long time despite their sickness.
Finally, there’s the gift that keeps on giving. If you really want to make Valentine’s Day extra special, you can plan activities that will benefit the entire facility and not just your loved one.
It could be a simple afternoon tea or an activity like painting or crocheting that everyone can enjoy, especially those who don’t have family members to treat them during this day.
You can also make a donation to a local facility, like OxBow Living, to share the love with other elderlies who may not have the privilege that your loved one has. This way, you can really make Valentine’s Day the most memorable time of the year for those in these facilities.
Oxbow Living offers Assisted Living & Memory Care out of Nebraska and to the Surrounding Cities: Ashland, South Bend, Greenwood, Murdock, Elmwood, Ithaca, Mead