Celebrating Mother’s Day in Assisted Living
Mother’s Day is almost here! It’s the perfect time to celebrate the women who raised us and encouraged us through both the good and bad times. This Mother’s Day, however, may be different if you’re facing a “new normal.” It can be a particularly challenging time for you if your mother has new medical concerns and lives in an assisted living community. Fortunately, there are many different ways you can celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom in assisted living! Here are just a few ways you can make the day special for your mom, from our Camden County assisted living team at UMC at Collingswood.
Avoid the Zoom Meeting if Possible
Mother’s Day isn’t about what you do or the gifts you give, as much as it’s about spending time with your mom. Quality time is what she really wants! Even if it’s not on Mother’s Day, make a plan to spend the day with her in person if possible. If her medical conditions don’t allow her to leave the assisted living community, why not plan to tag along with her to any activities they offer on-site. If attending her activities isn’t a possibility, you can plan a movie day and watch all mom’s favorites together. Just don’t forget to plan the snacks! Or if movies aren’t her thing, plan to pamper mom a little with a fresh manicure, pedicure, a gentle face mask, and a foot and hand massage! Everyone loves a little pampering from time to time.
You Know What They Like – Bring It!
Bring mom her favorites, whether it’s a meal from her favorite restaurant or her favorite baked goods, her favorite flowers, or all three! If there is a family recipe she isn’t able to make anymore, make it yourself and bring it over. Remember, mom will appreciate the thought whether you made it yourself or bought it. If it is impossible for you to be with mom on Mother’s Day, send her a care package and plan for another day that you will be able to come to see her. The package can include all her favorites discussed above and maybe a new book she’s been wanting, her favorite movie on DVD, or a cozy robe! No one knows your mom better than you so personalize it to her.
Get Outside – Plan a Picnic
Sometimes elderly residents fall into a habit of staying indoors, and Mother’s Day is a perfect excuse to nudge them to get some sun. If the weather is right, plan a picnic for you and your mom in her community. This is a great option because you can prepare the meal before you go and have everything ready for mom. Make sure you bring a blanket, or a foldable chair to sit on if getting up and down is a challenge for her. Enjoying the weather with a nice meal is a great way to spend time together while getting some Vitamin D. You can put together a playlist of her favorite songs to listen to while you enjoy your lunch together!
Mother’s Day at UMC at Collingswood
Remember that although this Mother’s Day might be different from your holidays past, together you can still make this day special for mom. If you’re looking for assisted living in Camden County, our experts at UMC at Collingswood can answer all of your questions. Visit https://umcommunities.org/collingswood/