While Valentine’s Day is enjoyed by many couples across the world, it can be really tough for people who might be mourning a loss or struggling with loneliness. For many seniors, it can be hard to adjust after losing a significant other. Valentine’s Day can be especially tough for people who have recently lost their partners.
You can support your loved ones who might be struggling this Valentine’s Day by showing you care and making them feel less alone. Whether it’s a parent who is dealing with a loss or an elderly neighbour who lives alone, we have put together a list of ideas to help spread joy this valentine’s day. Because even a small act of kindness can make a huge difference!
How Can You Help?
Send a Card
Sending a card is the easiest way to show someone that you care, especially if you’re too far away to visit. Send a card with positive messages and sentiments and encourage the rest of your family to do the same. If you have children, you can involve them by getting them to create their own unique cards for you to send. It can help brighten up your loved one’s home and prevent them from feeling forgotten and alone.
Sending flowers is a great way to lift your loved one’s spirits on valentine’s day. Flowers can help bring comfort and positivity to your home. The bright colours and sweet fragrance can make cheer someone up in no time.
Pay a visit
If you know someone nearby who might be feeling lonely this Valentine’s Day, pay them a visit! (But make sure to call first so they know to be expecting you). You could stop by for a cuppa and a chat, or just drop them off some chocolates and check in. Social isolation affects many seniors in our community, so having someone to talk to, even if it’s just about the weather, can make a huge difference to someone’s day.
Did your loved one have any special traditions with their spouse? Maybe a favourite restaurant they used to go to, or a place they used to visit? Keeping the tradition alive by celebrating with them can help them adjust to the change. You won’t be able to replace the one who is missing, but helping them to continue enjoying the things they love can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing.
Do something fun
If you don’t have any traditions, why not start one? You could take your mum out to afternoon tea and spend some quality time together. Or maybe a nice walk and some lunch in the park? Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to start something new and spend some quality time with the ones you care about.
We can help
Heritage Healthcare supports clients of varying needs with a range of bespoke care services. Our companionship and social support services provide you or your loved one with a friendly, trusted companion. A friendly face you can chat and share your interest with and enjoy a comfortable relationship.
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