Garden of Memories: Supporting Grandparents on this Grandparents Day 2023

Published: October 29, 2023
Supporting Grandparents on this Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day is a special occasion that offers an opportunity to show our love, respect, and appreciation for the elderly members of our families. In 1979, Grandparents Day was officially recognised in Australia as a day to celebrate the invaluable wisdom, experience, and love that grandparents bring into our lives.

As Grandparents Day 2023 approaches, it’s time to think about unique and meaningful ways to honour and support our beloved grandparents. This year, let’s delve into a concept we’ve coined the “Garden of Memories.”

The Significance of Grandparents Day

Before we explore the “Garden of Memories” concept in-depth, it’s essential to understand the history and significance of Grandparents Day. The roots of this holiday can be traced back to the United States, where it was officially recognised in 1978. Since then, it has become a worldwide celebration of the bond between grandparents and their grandchildren.

The “Garden of Memories” Concept

The “Garden of Memories” is not just a physical garden; it’s a concept that combines the healing power of nature with the nostalgia of cherished memories.

Supporting Grandparents on this Grandparents Day 2023

The main concept of this Garden of memories is to remember and take care of our grandparents.

What to do on this day to feel them special?

Taking care of grandparents living in aged care homes on Grandparents Day is a beautiful way to show your love and appreciation. Here’s a guide on how to make the day memorable for them:

1. Plan a Visit: Schedule a visit to the aged care home well in advance. Confirm the visitation rules, including timing and any COVID-19 restrictions.

2. Personalised Gifts: Create or purchase personalised gifts. Consider photo albums, framed pictures, or memory books that remind them of family and memorable moments.

3. Bring Grandchildren: If possible, bring grandchildren along. The presence of young family members can brighten their day and create a special connection.

4. Memory Sharing: Spend Time reminiscing and sharing stories. Encourage your grandparents to share their memories and experiences, and take this opportunity to listen and learn from them.

5. Outdoor Time: If the facility has a garden or outdoor space, take your grandparents outside for fresh air and a change of scenery.

6. Special Meals: Share a meal. You can bring their favourite homemade dishes or order something special from their favourite restaurant.

7. Bring Their Hobbies: Bring the necessary supplies to enjoy the Activity together if they have a favourite hobby, like knitting, painting, or reading.

8. Respect Their Wishes: Remember that some grandparents may prefer a low-key celebration. Always respect their wishes and comfort levels.

9. Be Patient and Listen: Grandparents may have feelings of nostalgia, loneliness, or even frustration. Be patient, offer emotional support, and lend a listening ear.

10. Stay Informed: Stay informed about the facility’s rules and regulations and any updates about your grandparents’ health and well-being.

11. Plan Future Visits: Don’t limit your care to just Grandparents Day. Plan regular visits or virtual interactions to maintain the connection and support.

Taking care of grandparents in aged care homes on Grandparents Day is a heartfelt way to show your love and appreciation. Your presence, attention, and effort to create a memorable day will undoubtedly brighten their lives and create cherished memories.

Following these tips can create a supportive environment where residents feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and emotions, ultimately contributing to their overall happiness and mental well-being.

At Care360, we are committed to promoting the well-being and safety of our elderly loved ones every day, including on special occasions like “Grandparents Day”.

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