It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air! It’s a time to celebrate the importance of relationships, and show how much our parents, children, spouses, family, and friends mean to us. Here are some fun ways to spread some happiness into the lives of your loved ones spending this Valentine’s Day in assisted-living.
Decorate- Help create a festive environment by decorating not only your loved one’s room, but throughout the assisted- living common areas as well. You will be amazed how much can be done with a few lace doilies and some construction paper. Stringing doilies or making paper chains garlands can fancy up doorways or mantles in no time. Cut out paper hearts and stick them everywhere. Enlist help from all the residence, and let creativity take over.
Deliver a Craft Supply Kit- In a box collect various pieces of scrapbook paper, card stock, and doilies. Throw in some glue, string, tissue paper, tape, stickers, and anything else you may find fun at the dollar store. Work together with your loved one to create valentines. Another fun idea is to cut out big hearts from different colored construction paper and decorate with stickers, glitter pens, and jewels. Write family member’s names on them and tape the hearts up on the residents’ doors.
Plan a Special Visit- Deliver a special card, flowers, stuffed animal, or baked goods to share. It doesn’t matter what you bring, just making the time to visit. Residents in assisted-living love to spend quality time with visitors, especially children.
Get the Family Involved- Many residents in assisted- living have family members that do not live in the Volusia County area and a quick visit is not possible. Plan a time to Facetime with grandchildren or ask family members to video a quick message you could share.
Celebrate the Past- Dig out old wedding albums, frame a wedding photo to display, or play a song with special importance. These are all ways to help loved ones in assisted-living feel connected to the past and help easy loneliness for those who have lost a spouse.
Help Throw a Valentine’s Party- There are lots of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day at an assisted living facility. These ideas are guaranteed to spread love and joy for all involved.
- Pick a theme like “A Night in Paris” or “Sock Hop”– decorate and plan daily activities, music, and food around it.
- Make heart shaped pancakes and fruit kabobs and invite families over for breakfast
- Have a romantic movie marathon
- Play games such as Valentine Bingo using Hershey Kisses or word searches filled with love words
- Make sweet treats - decorate heart cupcakes or dip strawberries in chocolate and sprinkles
- Check out poetry books from the Volusia County Public library and have a poetry reading tea/coffee hour
- Have an ice cream social and valentine exchange
- Host a love song Karaoke Night
Share the Love- However you choose to celebrate, remember to include the elderly residence that do not have family nearby to visit. Holidays can be a lonely time for many. Also keep in mind your loved one’s caregivers and assisted –living staff. Spanning Florida’s coast from Daytona Beach to New Smyrna, you will find the most dedicated caregivers that deserve some extra love on Valentine’s Day.
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