Valentine’s Day is on Sunday, February 14th, and is a day most often associated with couples in love, dozens of red roses, and grand gestures aimed at winning the hearts of people all over the world. This year, it might look a little different since we are expected to stay home and avoid public dates with those outside our households, all in an effort to stay healthy. Luckily, Park View Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care community, as well as our other sister communities, are some of the first on the list for the COVID-19 vaccine, so we hope to be able to invite our friends and family back to our community soon!
In the meantime, the expert staff at Park View Estates in Fountain Valley, California have put their heads together to brainstorm how you can make this Valentine’s Day special. Here are some of our favorite ways to share Valentine’s Day love safely and remotely with your family members or loved ones.
You have likely heard this before, but we will say it again! Last year showed us that using technology to stay in touch with loved ones has been life-giving for so many of our residents. Consider having a video chat date on Valentine’s Day with your family members to show them you are thinking of them, you love them, and you cannot wait to see them in person again. This is also a great way to show how much those grandkids have grown. You can even enjoy a meal together. If this sounds like something you would like to do, just give the staff at Park View Estates a call, and we would be happy to help you set something up with your loved one.
There is something so special about receiving something homemade. You can use this idea to have a special love-filled date with your family members twice! First, gather all the necessary supplies, such as glue, pens, markers, streamers, photos, etc. Then, round up the kids to join in on the crafting. Spend a couple of hours creating the perfect cards for your family members and throw in some updated photos. These photos do not have to be professional. Instead, share photos portraying your everyday life. We secretly love those photos of you and your families enjoying each other’s company the most. After you have crafted your cards, mail them to your favorite resident at Park View Estates, and we will be sure they find their way home!
Do you remember when giving a mixed tape was a sign of pure affection and love? Those were the good days. Bring back some nostalgia by creating the same experience for your loved one in our community! Add some of your favorite old-school tunes as well as from back in your loved one’s prime to bring some joy, movement, and even some memory benefits to their lives. Music has so many benefits for both our cognitive function and our bodies since it naturally encourages movement. Include the mixed tape in the card you made to really show your love.
They say the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, and we could not agree more! If you are short on time but still want to make sure your loved one feels Valentine’s spirit, consider sending them some delicious treats. Our favorite treats are the ones that travel well, such as fudge, brittle or toffee, candied or spiced nuts, shortbread cookies, popcorn, or even teas. We promise that your loved one would be so excited to receive a special treat from you!
Valentine’s Day is all about sharing love, and we hope these suggestions inspired you to do just that.
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