Last year’s Mother’s Day was certainly untraditional. This year, with more of us receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, there’s more freedom to spend time together.
It’s great news considering the importance of this special day. If you haven’t been able to spend much time with your mother – or another relative that’s like a mom to you – due to the pandemic, you want to make this year even more memorable.
While everyone still needs to be careful, especially if a family member is vulnerable, there are many ways to celebrate. Here are six ideas for making Mother’s Day in 2021 a day to remember:
#1: Focus on Her Favorites ?
What are your mother’s favorite flowers, chocolates, perfume or other items? Fill a basket with them and bring them to her home. You can also cook a homemade meal or pick up something from her favorite restaurant. Invite her to join you at home or bring it to her if she’s unable to leave hers.
#2: Go on a Mother’s Day Adventure ?
If your mom can easily get around, go somewhere together. It can be as simple as taking a walk at the park or going out to eat at a restaurant she enjoys. Other ideas include visiting a botanical garden or a butterfly conservatory or shopping at a local antique store and having lunch afterward.
This will get your mom up and active and doing something she enjoys. Even better, you’ll have time to spend together, laugh and make new memories. The change of scenery will also be welcome after a year of shutdowns.
#3: Schedule a Spa Day ?
If your mother enjoys being pampered, schedule a day at the spa for her to celebrate Mother’s Day. There are some spas that even offer services tailored around seniors. You can enjoy a massage or a manicure or pedicure. Afterward, take her out for brunch, lunch or coffee and dessert.
If a spa day is out of your budget, consider pampering her at home with a manicure or pedicure or by styling her hair. She’ll enjoy the time you’re taking to spend with her and feel relaxed in the comfort of her own home.
#4: Get Creative ?
For a Mother’s Day gift from the heart, write your mom a poem or put a photo album together of special memories. You can also gather her children and grandchildren and create a video for her with each person sharing a memory or saying what they love most about her.
Another idea is to ask each family member to create a piece of artwork or write a special note and place it in an album for her to look through and enjoy. These are gifts that will not only brighten her Mother’s Day this year, but items she can keep and look through any time.
#5: Spend Quality Time Together ?
While there are many ideas to celebrate Mother’s Day, what really matters is spending time together. Even if she isn’t able to leave her home or the community she lives in, don’t be discouraged. Bring the celebration to her. If she enjoys puzzles or card games, pack a basket of activities and plan to spend the day with her. If she’s artistic in nature, bring supplies for her to paint, color or make another favorite craft.
If you can’t be together on Mother’s Day, set up a special Zoom video call with your family to wish your mom a beautiful day. You can even decorate the space behind you in your video call with balloons and streamers to add a festive feel.
#6: Send a Mother’s Day Care Package ?
If you can’t physically be with your loved one during this time, you can still show her how much you love her with a Mother’s Day care package. Fill it with items like sweet treats, lotions, candles, gift cards and more. Also include cards from her grandchildren, other family members or friends. A photo album of family and favorite events is another great addition.
Whatever you plan for Mother’s Day, make sure it’s manageable for your mother. You might have the best of intentions on ways to spend time together. However, if your mom is having health issues or struggling with mobility, it might not be as enjoyable. So, consult with her doctor or the assisted living or nursing home if you’re concerned. They may even be able to assist depending on your particular plans.
Whether your mom lives at home or in a senior living community, FirstLight® Home Care can provide the extra support, comfort and assistance she needs on Mother’s Day and every day of the year. Contact your local FirstLight Home Care today to find out more.