Celebrating Mother's Day When Mom Is in a Nursing Home
Mother’s Day is coming, and with it comes thoughts of how to honor our moms. As a team of nursing home attorneys, Garcia & Artigliere understands how important these special celebrations are when you have an elderly loved one. When your mom is in a nursing home, finding ways to celebrate with her can be a bit more challenging. Here are some tips to help you celebrate this day and show your mom your love and appreciation.
Taking Mom Out for Mother’s Day
If your mother is lucid and mobile enough to leave the nursing home, an outing is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. A change of scenery makes the day extra special for an elderly loved one, and you will enjoy spending time together seeing something in your area.
When choosing a location, try to pick something in line with her interests. Is she crafty? An art museum might be nice. Does she love animals? A short trip to the zoo or even a pet store to see some animals is a great option. Does she love flowers? May means flowers are in bloom, so visit a local garden or park.
No matter what you choose, don’t pack the day full, and arrange for a wheelchair if needed to make the day easier for your mom. Remember, an elderly mother is not going to have much stamina, so choose a simple activity and a relaxing place to eat, and simply enjoy spending time together.
Staying in With Mom on Mother’s Day
Sometimes elderly nursing home residents aren’t able to get out and enjoy the community. If your mother can’t leave due to her physical or mental limitations, you can make Mother’s Day special with a visit to the nursing home.
First, plan for as much time as possible. Time with family is something most mothers treasure. Spend some time sitting with your mom and revisiting old memories. This can be particularly special if your mom has Alzheimer’s or a similar condition because older memories are easier to remember. If you can take your mom out of her room, consider a stroll around the facility. Even just a visit to the dining or entertainment room will be a welcome change. Finally, leave behind a small gift to remind your mom of your love and your visit.
Mother’s Day can be bittersweet when your mother is elderly and in a nursing home. Make it special by spending some time with her. If, after your visit to the nursing home, you feel that you may need the services of a nursing home attorney, contact Garcia & Artigliere by calling today.