Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year where people of all ages take some time to let their loved ones know how important and special they are. Adult children should definitely take the opportunity to let their elderly mom or dad know how much they are loved. But deciding how to celebrate Valentine’s Day with an aging adult can be challenging, especially for those seniors who are not as healthy or mobile as they once were.
Here are 5 things that family caregivers can do to make Valentine’s Day interesting, fun and memorable for their aging parents:
1. Spend Quality Time Together.
Many aging parents just want to spend quality time together. Adult children may mistakenly think that just because they take care of their loved one’s daily needs that it is equal to quality time. Instead of getting sidetracked with the hustle and bustle of daily life, both sides can focus on each other. It might include getting takeout and watching a romantic comedy, playing cards or going through old photos.
2. A Thoughtful Gift.
Valentine’s Day is ideal for gift giving, especially for older adults who may not be on the receiving end for much. Adult children can give traditional chocolates and jewelry or go with something more personal. Ideas for gifts include gourmet food, a plant, new clothes, new wallet or purse, framed picture, or photo album. Family caregivers can tailor the gift to suit their elderly loved one’s interests.
3. Host a Party.
Elderly adults that are primarily homebound have a greater risk of feeling lonely and isolated. Family caregivers can plan a festive party for Valentine’s Day with other family members and friends. A simple potluck dinner, game night, movie night, or craft night will bring joy to the house and a smile to the elderly adult. Decorations and music will make the theme complete.
4. Plan a Memorable Outing.
Aging parents who rely on home care providers for help around the house may not get out as much as they would like. Therefore, a Valentine’s Day outing might be the perfect way to spend the holiday. Family caregivers can take them to a restaurant, sporting event, theatrical performance, movie, or museum for a lovely afternoon or evening excursion.
5. Hire In-Home Care Providers.
Adult children can give the gift of comfort and safety when they hire a home care provider for their aging loved one. If elderly parents are struggling with health issues like arthritis, diabetes, the after-effects of a stroke, or they are recovering from injuries, they won’t be able to take care of themselves or their home as well. A professional home care provider can handle light housework, meal preparations, laundry, and any other tasks that might be too difficult. Not only will aging parents get to relax more, they’ll be safer and more comfortable with a home care provider around.
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She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.
Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.
Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.
Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.
She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.
Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.
Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.