Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day as a Caregiver

Mother’s Day can take on a new meaning for adult children who are the full-time caregiver for their mother. Like any celebration, the pressure of finding the perfect gift or making reservations at her favorite restaurant can contribute to an already stressful role in caregiving.

Spending time together and sharing memories is really what Mother’s Day is all about. Here are a few simple, yet meaningful ways to celebrate your mother this Mother’s Day.

Make a special meal for mom. With the busy schedules we all find ourselves following, taking time for a one on one moment is priceless. Make the occasion feel more formal by using a tablecloth and fresh-cut flowers from the yard as a centerpiece. To keep your family members engaged, ask for help with grocery shopping, with preparing your mom’s favorite meal, or with bringing the dessert.

Dress up and document the day. Since this day is all about mom, ask her questions about her life and really listen to her responses. To make her memories last longer, use a video recorder or jot down her responses in a journal so the whole family has a record. This can be a challenge for those struggling with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  Let them share the stories their way and remember, everyone enjoys feeling special.  Those quiet moments are just as important.

Home pampering session. It’s not always possible to help mom get dressed up like mom used to herself. Offer to do her hair, put on her makeup, or do her nails. The extra care and attention won’t go unnoticed.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mothers at Home Assist Health.