Mom is up in age. Maybe she has some health issues also. So what can you get her other than flowers and candy?
You may be wondering what to get your aging mom for Mother’s Day. Depending on her health and abilities there are a lot of ideas other than the usual flowers and candy. Let’s look at some of the stages and some creative gift giving ideas.
Still Living at Home
Your aging mom still lives at home but is beginning to need some assistance. Driving may not be so safe anymore but she still needs to get around. Even though she loves to garden, taking care of the yard by herself is becoming quite a challenge. With her arthritis, everyday chores like housecleaning may not be so easy to do. Here are a few suggestions.
Hire a Gardner to Help
Sure, mom loves to garden. But is it becoming a bit too much for her to handle alone? Check around, you may find a lady in her neighborhood who loves to garden and would like to earn a few extra bucks while the children are in school or summer camp. Most neighborhoods have a community page on Facebook where you could post this request. This would be a good place to find someone to mow the lawn also. You may even find a new friend for mom. 😊
Hire a Home Care Company
Bring in a companion a couple of days a week to drive mom to Doctors appointments, hair salon, shopping, the gym or wherever else she needs to go. You could even ask the companion to run errands like going to the cleaners or pharmacy while mom is having her hair done. While mom may resist the idea of hiring a home care company, if it is given to her as a gift, how can she refuse?
Get Mom OnLine
If your mom is not computer savvy you may try a tablet. Most seniors seem to gravitate to the tablets quite well. There are even senior friendly tablets like grandPad that make communication with family so much easier for the technology challenged mom. When someone living at home can open their world by staying connected to family living elsewhere and reconnect with old friends they are able to keep their social circle going.
And if you are the out of town child this could be a great way to foster your connection with Mom. Plan to "meet" Mom a couple of times a week for a "Virtual lunch date." This will give you a good insight to how she is really doing. After all, seeing is beliving,right? It will also help mom to stay more engaged. Check with other family members to see if they would also be willing to Facetime with Mom. Studies have shown that people with strong social connections are able to stay healthier in body and mind longer.
Everybody Likes a Treat
Tickets to that opera or theater event she has been dying to see make a special Mother’s Day Gift. And Houston has a wonderful theater district. But remember if driving (especially at night) is a challenge make sure to make arrangements. You could accompany Mom to the theater or you could buy a ticket for a friend to go with her. Offer to be their chauffer for the evening and include dinner somehwhere nice. What fun she will have!
Other Treats She Will Adore
Or how about a coupon book with lunch or dinner with her favorite son each month of the year. This could be really special time for the two of you to connect. A daughter might do the same but give a Girls day out pedicure and manicure day each month. You could hire a massage therapist to come to her home to give a nice relaxing massage. The ideas are endless?
This year I challenge you to think outside the box and give a gift that really shows how much you care. What will you give Mom?
As Certified Long-Term Care professionals since 2003, and members of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, both Sue and Allison have the training, knowledge, and experience to help you understand your options.
Sue Myers and Allison Younger
With over 20 years of experience, both women are committed to ensuring that their client’s long-term care needs are met while their wealth is protected.