You don't have to let your mother's mobility limitations or health problems keep you from planning a special Mother's Day. With a little creativity and planning, you and your mother can enjoy a fun and memorable day together.
1. Plant an Indoor Garden
Tending small plants and watching them grow is naturally uplifting. Plants also freshen indoor air. If your mom has a sunny window, buy some plant stands, pots, soil, and seeds and have a garden-building party. Plant kits with LED grow lights offer a solution when a sunny window is not available. As well as selecting seeds for herbs, flowers, or salad greens, you can include a potted plant so that she can start off with something green and growing on day one.
2. Therapy Animal Visit
A chance to pet an animal makes a great gift. Research indicates that interactions with friendly animals can lower blood pressure, relieve loneliness and counteract depression. If you, a friend, or relative has a dog, cat, rabbit, or other appropriate animal that can travel, then treat your mother to a few hours of fur and fun. Organizations like Therapeutic Paws of Canada can connect you with charming and gentle therapy animals.
3. Craft Activity
Revisit one of your mother's favourite hobbies such as crochet, flower arranging, or scrap booking. Your local craft supply store will have many off-the-shelf craft projects. At the end of Mother's Day, you'll have made something together that you can use or display.
4. Outdoor Activity
More parks and outdoor venues than ever before can accommodate visitors in wheelchairs or mobility scooters. If your mother must stay at home, plan a porch or patio day. Help her get comfortable outside and set up a grill to cook a meal.
5. Virtual Volunteering
Mother's Day presents an opportunity to help your mother reconnect with her altruistic side. You can research opportunities for virtual volunteering designed to include homebound people. Activities include projects like making no-sew blankets or writing letters. Virtual volunteering could allow your mother to make a positive contribution to the world.
We encourage you to pause on Mother's Day to appreciate your mother. We value relationships at Home Instead Senior Care, and our services help people age in place. Contact us with any questions about caring for the senior in your life.