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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Senior Loved One

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on February 13, 2015

Valentine’s is tomorrow, but don’t panic if you want to do something for your senior loved one and haven’t planned anything. The senior care experts at Home Care Assistance of Chandler have come up with a few fun ways to spend Valentine’s with your elderly relative that don’t require much prep work.

Cook A Meal Together

It can be your senior loved one’s favorite meal, or something with a theme for the day. In the morning, the two of you could make heart-shaped pancakes with some red food coloring in them, or put together an all-red meal like spaghetti, tomato salad, and red cupcakes or cake for dessert. You can also spend time together decorating the table for the meal with fun place mats, red plastic utensils, and pretty flower arrangements.

Fresh Air Field Trip

Visit the local zoo or botanical gardens and enjoy the fresh air together. Valentine’s Day isn’t a bank holiday, so to speak, so places remain open. Where mobility is a concern, wheelchairs and scooters are often available for rental; be sure to call ahead to ask about facilities. On the way home, stop by your loved one’s favorite café or bakery and share a sweet treat.

Relax with a Love-Themed Movie Marathon

Plan a love-themed movie marathon with a handful of movies from both past and present. Consider classics like An Affair to Remember and newer feel-good movies like Love Actually. Make the day extra special by baking some heart-shaped cookies to snack on, making popcorn, and serving tea or coffee in delicate Valentine’s-themed cups.

Make Valentine’s Cards Together

Head to the local craft store and pick up some red, pink, and white construction paper, glitter glue, heart confetti, and anything else that might look nice on a Valentine’s card. Cover the dining table with old newspaper and have at it. You can make a list with your senior loved one of a few family or friends he or she wants to give a Valentine to and hand-deliver the cards.

There are certain days to show a little extra attention to your senior loved one and Valentine’s is one of them. If you won’t be with your senior loved one on Valentine’s but his or her Chandler caregiver will be, send this list to the caregiver to ensure your loved one will still feel extra special even without you there. Home Care Assistance caregivers are compassionate, highly trained, and available around-the-clock. For more information on the services available in your area, call (480) 448-6215 to schedule your free in-home consultation.