Planning a perfect holiday for your senior father or father figure may be difficult, but it’s not impossible. While you may need to tailor your old traditions, your time and attention are what will mean the most.
If you still want to offer your dad a physical gift, there are various items you can choose from.
Knowing your father’s personality and interests will help you determine what gift he will appreciate the most.
Many assisted living, and memory care communities acknowledge Father’s Day and will host special activities that you and your father can enjoy. This might be helpful if you had no help with planning or ideas in the past.
Caregivers often worry about how they can make holidays, such as father’s day, stand out to their loved ones. We will share gift ideas and activities that fathers enjoy and appreciate the most.
Learn more about how you can celebrate your father, choose a meaningful gift, and how to get in touch with an assisted living and memory care community for caregiver support and resources.
Deciding on a gift for a dad who deserves everything
Father’s day can be an emotional day for you and your father, ranging from moments of joy to moments of sadness.
Still, it is important to honor your father and recognize everything he has done for you over the years.
For seniors with memory loss, you will want to consider which stage of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or dementia they are in.
Even when you find the perfect gift for your dad, try to spend quality time with him if you can. If he cannot recall the past, you can still reminisce together, looking through photographs and listening to memorable songs.
Sometimes all someone needs are attention and affection, to comfort them, and show them they are loved and thought of.
Activity ideas and quality time
Assisted living, and memory care communities typically offer delicious and healthy meals to their residents. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your dad one of his favorite meals or bake him his favorite cookies or goodies.
If your father can still eat his favorite foods, this can be a great way to reminisce and spark conversations about the past. If he cannot recall the past, you can share your memories with him.
Planning a picnic can be a great way to share a meal together. Whether the meal you share is homemade or prepared by his assisted living or memory care community, sharing a meal together is a great way to bond.
Through shared meals, loved ones can connect with each other. Even when seniors struggle to communicate or show their feelings, it doesn’t mean they aren’t feeling comfort, joy, appreciation, and love.
Seniors in the early and middle stages of memory disease may still be able to communicate and recall special memories and events. Listen to your dad tell his stories, and he will enjoy and appreciate you listening to him.
You can do all of the speaking for seniors who cannot communicate as effectively. At first, it may feel different, but your father will recognize the extra attention.
Activities you can enjoy together
- I spy
- Lawn games
- Bird watching
- Looking through photo albums
- Watching old movies or television shows
- Listening to music
- Listening to an audiobook
- Virtual museum tour
- Create art
- Build a fairy garden or potted garden
- Bring grandchildren to visit
- Paint rocks
- Give your loved one a hand massage with lotion
- Give your loved one a manicure or pedicure
- Go for a walk
Choosing a gift idea based on dad’s interest
Over the years you likely saw your dad engage in activities, root for certain sports teams, and thrive in their favorite hobbies.
Choosing a gift doesn’t need to be complicated when you pick one that is based on their personality and favorite things in life.
For the outdoorsy type
- Smart weather station
- Walking shoes
For the talented chef
- Personalized cutting board
- Grill master set
- Coffee cup
- Custom apron
- Recipe book
- Indoor herb growing kit
- Chef mitts
For the sports fanatic
- Desktop golf
- Putting mat
- Personalized golf ball set
- Baseball cap
- Sports apparel
- Sports memorabilia
- ESPN plus subscription
For dads with memory loss
- Weighted blanket
- A robe
- Sun lamp
- Music player
- Fidget sleeve
- Digital photo frame
- Memory book
- White noise machine
For caregiver support and events reach out The Kensington Falls Church
Our team at The Kensington Falls Church has made it Our Promise to love and care for your family as we do our own.
We know that the holidays can be a difficult time for many families. We aim to help residents, caregivers, and families, learn new ways to enjoy each other and make memories together.
Our assisted living and memory care communities offer a calendar full of life enrichment activities. We also enjoy hosting events, sharing resources, and supporting families through Konnect, our informative hub, and caregiver events.
Seniors who transition to our communities are provided with around-the-clock high acuity care, on-site rehabilitation services, on-site nurses who can distribute medication and manage diabetes, and exquisite dining services.
Your senior loved one can truly age in place at The Kensington Falls Church, where they will make social connections and live a higher quality of life.
Contact us today to learn more about our cozy and secure homes.