Sunday, February 14 is Valentine’s Day. It is usually the day when couples celebrate their love for each other, usually with cards, gifts, flowers and candy. Some might even plan a night out. However, since last year, many of those typical plans have been altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For many senior citizens who may feel lonely or isolated on this special day, here are some ways to wish them a happy Valentine’s Day.
For older adults living by themselves, nothing beats the old-fashioned telephone call — more personal than an email or a text message. Children are excited to tell their grandparents good news — an A on a test, their game-winning goal or their performance in the school concert. Their parents also like to talk to them just to make sure they are alright and if they need anything. Hearing a caring, familiar voice on the other line makes all the difference.
For children who are into arts and crafts, they can make a collage of photos showing them with their “nana” and/or “papa” on a poster board. They can take red, white and pink construction paper, cut out heart shapes and glue them to the poster board. If you have a tech-savvy senior, you may want to send them a digital frame filled with photos and videos of their favorite memories that will always be on display. (Please see the previous blog on using technology to stay in touch with seniors.)
Older adults living in assisted living facilities or nursing homes might be pleased to receive a visit from their families. However, New York State Health Law has required these facilities to implement social distancing protocols. Before visiting a loved one, be sure to check the facility’s COVID-19 visitation policy.
In order to help residents combat loneliness on Valentine’s Day, groups such as the Cupid Crew have sent cards with personalized messages as part of its Wish of a Lifetime program from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Volunteers would normally come to deliver the cards to the residents, but, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has adapted to allow those who wish to send a card to either download, print and mail it themselves, or send the card via email.
McPeak’s Assisted Living provides outstanding service based on the belief that it is a community responsibility to preserve the health, safety, comfort and general welfare of the elderly and infirm, who may be suffering from loneliness, anxiety or lack of attention. We also provide particular attention to residents with cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. With our affordable prices and excellent standard of care, we have the facilities to accommodate your loved one’s needs and allow them to live to the fullest. For more information, please call us at (631) 475-0445 or visit our contact page.