Hopefully we all remember to call, visit, or get a gift for our mothers on Mother’s Day. The question is, do we always remember grandma? Without grandma there wouldn’t be “mom.” So, grandmas have a right to be remembered and honored on this day as well. Depending on how you were raised your grandma may or may not have played a large part in your childhood years and how you were raised. Many grandmas act as mother figures for a lot of people.
Especially if grandma is older and maybe in a home, it can be difficult to know how to celebrate this day and honor her in a meaningful way. In this post we will discuss a few ideas that we think grandmas will love.
Face to Face Visit
Mothers and grandmothers most often request quality time with their children for Mother’s Day. Moms want to be celebrated by spending time with and reminiscing about precious memories and being thanked for their years of commitment to raising their children. Building relationships becomes ever more important the more that we age, so it is no surprise that grandma would love a visit, especially if she does not get visitors very often. Ask her about her childhood memories, what it was like raising your own mother or father, etc.
This should be considered a last resort to the ever popular in-person visit. If you live too far away, are on traveling restrictions, or cannot visit grandma due to covid regulations, then a phone call or video call is a great way to say thank you, and let grandma know that she is loved and appreciated on this special day. While a phone call is a lot better than nothing, it is not the best option. It is the best option for those who forgot or are last minute procrastinators that did not plan far enough ahead to even send a gift. Take into consideration if grandma is hard of hearing this may be difficult for her. Check with the facility she is in if applicable to see if there is staff and technology available for a video chat.
Card- Snail Mail
This takes a little bit of forethought and preparation. Granted, if it comes a few days late grandma will still be grateful. Take time to pick a card that is meaningful to you or make your own card. If you have a family or life updates it is a great idea to include pictures in your card that grandma can hang around the house or her living space. What grandma do you know that doesn’t love pictures? Pictures are essentially bragging rights. If you are not the card type consider writing a letter, having your kids draw pictures, or sending a small gift via good old fashioned snail mail. The older generation still loves mail and is very used to getting a lot of it. A little snail mail could go a long way to brighten grandma’s day. Keep this in mind even when it’s not the holidays.
From the real kind, to the plastic kind, to the crocheted kind, grandmas love flowers. Especially if your grandmother’s life partner has passed on, chances are she does not get flowers very often these days. It’s also nice for the elderly to get flowers not associated with illness or a hospital visit. Flowers are a reminder every day until the flowers die of a person that loves and cares about them. Not to mention they are easy on the eyes and might even add a nice aroma to the area. Flowers will always be considered a thoughtful gesture, especially to the women in our lives.
What if Grandma is in a home?
If your grand mother does not live independently, you should check with the facility she is in to see if they offer any family events on the day of or surrounding Mother’s Day. Many facilities will have pre planned activities for family on holidays. Most facilities encourage family members to come and visit because they know the positive effect it has on their residents. The Gables of Idaho Falls is one of those facilities that cares deeply about the welfare of their residents. Also make sure to ask about their visitor policy if you plan to make a face to face visit.
If your grand mother is in a hospital in an isolated unit, they often will not allow anything from outside to be brought in such as flowers. Make sure you call the hospital or nurses directly to confirm what the policy is before sending anything.
Hopefully this article has given you a few ideas of how to celebrate grandma this upcoming Mother’s Day. She will no doubt appreciate any effort that you make to show your love and appreciation.