Sunday is Grandparents Day, and also the kick off for National Assisted Living Week. Across the country and all over the web, community organizations, individuals, and senior care providers have been preparing for the day, encouraging people of all ages to honor and celebrate the grandparents in their lives (whether their own or their surrogate ones).
If your grandparents are in assisted living and extensive travel is difficult, here are some ideas for making the day special:
- Plan an in-house party. Most communities have common areas or even private rooms that families can use if the apartment is not big enough for your gathering. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, just a simple but festive celebration of your grandparents is sure to be a day-brightener.
- Go on a picnic. You’d love to take him to his favorite restaurant, but if mobility or health is an issue, bring a sandwich and dessert from his favorite restaurant with you, and pack a basket, small folding chairs and blanket (or use the community’s outdoor patio area, if there is one available).
- Bring (or send) flowers and balloons. If your grandparents are in an assisted living miles and miles away, send her your love in bright, cheerful balloons or a bouquet of her best-loved buds.
- Call, write, email, Skype. Just reach out. Talk about the day they first became grandparents. Tell them how much they mean to you.
- Include those who don’t get visitors. There are probably many grandparents who won’t get visitors, calls, or cards on Grandparents Day. Give them a hug, smile or a handshake and thank them for being a grandparent.
Your turn: Add your favorite things to do on Grandparents Day to the list (or report back on Monday about what you did!).