National Senior Citizens Day, observed every year on August 21st, can be an important day for anyone who provides Summit in-home care to an elderly loved one. Consider the following ways to show your loved one how much you care.
Send a Card or Letter
In the modern day, fewer and fewer people send cards and letters. Even seniors are now sending emails and ecards in place of old-fashioned snail mail. However, receiving a letter in the mail may still hold a special place in your loved one’s heart. Most seniors today grew up in a time when cards and letters were the norm for special occasions and sometimes even regular communication. Choosing a special card or writing a heartfelt letter by hand takes more time and consideration than sending off an email. Even if you see your loved one every day, sending a card in the mail shows you cared enough to prepare something special.
Spend Time Together
Some seniors who receive in-home care begin to feel they are a burden to their families. Because family caregivers in Summit often have commitments of their own, they rarely have time to have fun with their loved ones. Visits often consist of getting the needed tasks done rather than visiting. This Senior Citizens Day, set aside some time to visit your loved one with no tasks to accomplish. The gift of your time and attention may mean more to your loved one than you realize.
Plan a Special Outing
Many seniors don’t get out of the house as much as they did when they were younger because they are no longer able to drive, and others have health concerns that make getting out alone more challenging. Just like younger adults, seniors can experience cabin fever from never getting out of their homes. Ask your loved one about some things he or she would like to do, which might be as simple as going to dinner at a once-frequented restaurant or taking a walk in the park. Let your loved one know you will take him or her out for this special day so he or she has a chance to rest up.
Go to the Senior Center
Local senior centers often arrange parties and other special activities for seniors and their families on Senior Citizens Day. Instead of just dropping your loved one off at the center, go in with him or her and be a part of the fun. If you can, bring other family members and friends to join in as well. Your loved one will be happy you wanted to be a part of this special day.
If you can’t be with your loved one on National Senior Citizens Day, make sure he or she has the support he or she needs to live independently. At Summit Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are available around the clock to provide transportation to social events, assist with mobility, and help with a wide variety of important daily tasks. We also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke care Summit, NJ, families trust. For more information and to schedule a free consultation, call 908.450.9400 today.