Valentine’s Day is one of the best days in the year to celebrate loved ones in assisted living.
Here, we take a closer look at the history of Valentine’s Day and how you can celebrate in assisted living.
The history of Valentine’s Day
We all know that Valentine’s Day is February 14, honoring St. Valentine. On this special day, people would usually give flowers, cards, and gifts, and organize dates with the people they love.
There really is no definite story on the origins of Valentine’s Day. Most people associate February with the anniversary of St. Valentine’s death. Others believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated to “Christianize” the fertility festival named Lupercalia, which is celebrated every February 15.
Valentine’s Day is also symbolized by cupid, a naked cherub that shoots arrows into the hearts of lovers. Cupid is said to be the Greek god of love Eros who loved to play with emotions using his arrows.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Assisted Living
Although Valentine’s Day is usually associated with couples, this day is also for everyone you love in your life. Here are some ideas on how you can celebrate them on Valentine’s Day:
Decorate with a Valentine’s Day theme.
- It’s time to bring out those heart cutouts and red balloons to decorate your loved one’s room for hearts’ day. This simple gesture can remind them that they are special to you.
Organize a family lunch in Assisted Living
- Residents in assisted living always look forward to days when they can see family members gathered, so make sure to have everyone over for a Valentine’s Day lunch. You can bring your loved one’s favorite foods, have everyone bring their own potlucks and even let each family member write on cards that your loved one can keep and cherish for a long time.
Prepare gifts to share.
- Valentine’s Day is also about sharing, so make sure that everyone in assisted living will feel special on Valentine’s Day by preparing gifts to share with them. It can be simple homemade treats or care baskets that they’ll surely love and appreciate. What’s important is that you make them feel loved on this special day.
Honoring a loved one on Valentine’s Day is one of the best ways to let them know that they have family who loves and needs them. Despite medical conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, these people always yearn for the love of family.
Being in assisted living can also be a huge adjustment for them, so it’s important to find ways to make them feel the love and care that they deserve.
So, if you haven’t planned anything yet, let this be your guide in putting together an amazing celebration for your loved one in assisted living.
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