For many people, their father has played an important role in their lives, from infancy to adulthood. There’s no better time for adult children to let their dads know how much they are appreciated than on Father’s Day. When family caregivers get a chance to show their aging father how much they care, it might be a little difficult to think of what to do to celebrate.
Fathers With Physical or Cognitive Limitations.
Many elderly dads don’t have the physical activity levels to do anything extensive, and their limitations may make it harder to think about what can be done that’s fun and special but doesn’t interfere with their care or ability levels. When family caregivers make a plan with home care providers, friends, and family members, they can come up with something that their aging father will remember for years to come.
Father’s Day Celebration Ideas.
Father’s Day celebrations don’t have to be extensive, and in fact the more personalized and intimate, the better for many aging adults. Most likely, elderly men just want to spend time with friends, family members, meaningful home care providers, and extended family whenever they can. They want to do things that will create new memories and make them feel loved and important.
The obvious thing that family caregivers can do is to plan an outdoor party for their father. Since June weather is so nice, many look at hosting a barbecue or picnic event. This can be at home or at a nearby park area. It can be even more festive when there are outdoor games like horseshoes, corn hole, croquet or lawn darts. Invite as many family members as possible to make it a truly festive occasion.
Sometimes seniors that aren’t very mobile find it difficult to attend events that interest them. However, with the help of a home care provider and some close friends and family, elderly dads might enjoy something like a car show, brewery tour, wine tasting, baseball game, or a trip to a local tourist attraction.
If the aging adult has a hard time getting out of the house, family members and friends can have just as much fun with a game night. The home care provider can help the elderly man to a comfortable chair in the main room and family members can set up a card table for games. From cards and board games to dominoes and more, aging dads will have lots of fun with friends and family of all ages.
Another thing that family members can do to make a Father’s Day special is to surprise their dad with visitors from out of town. If adult children or grandchildren, siblings, friends, and other loved ones live far away, family members can try to coordinate a surprise visit. Let the dad’s home care provider know that a special guest will be stopping by, so they can be all ready for the visit without spoiling the surprise.
Good fathers deserve a day where their adult children can share how much they appreciate their dad’s influence. Even if it’s difficult for him to go anywhere without a home care provider or close family attendant, it will definitely be worth it for a fun and memorable Father’s Day.