Mother’s Day is coming quickly. For those of you with senior moms, it helps to plan your activities in advance so that you can ensure it’s all possible. If mom is in a wheelchair or has other mobility restrictions, call ahead to make sure any restaurants, museums, or venues you plan on visiting are fully accessible. You will also want to make reservations to avoid any long lineups on the single busiest day of the year for the restaurant industry.
Still not sure how to spend the day with your mom? Below are some ideas for spending some quality time together, whether you’re treating her on your own or bringing the whole family in tow.
#1 Head to a Favorite Restaurant
It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to be a nice place where you can relax and catch up. It could be your mom’s favorite restaurant or a place that you know is fully accessible (don’t forget to ask about the washrooms – they should be on the main floor with no steps and include toilet grab bars).
#2 Visit a Museum
After brunch, head to a local museum to spend the afternoon. Whether mom’s an art-lover or interested in exploring something different, call her ahead of time and ask where she might like to go. On an accessibility note, as major institutions museums tend to be some of the first to comply with local accessibility legislation.
#3 Stroll through the Park
By May, the weather should be looking a lot better and it could be a great time to take a stroll through the park. Find a nearby park or drive to a destination to take in the sun and revel in the spring weather. Listen to the birds, admire the blooming flowers, and enjoy the warm weather.
#4 Join in Activities at their Retirement Residence
If mom is living in a retirement residence, why not see if there are Mother’s Day activities going on there? Retirement residents usually have plenty of activities for seniors and family going on every day, especially Mother’s Day. You may want to learn more about Mother’s Day activities at your mom’s retirement residence, as there may be a Mother’s Day brunch with plenty of fun things to do that day like games, movies, picnic lunches, and more.
#5 Stop by a Botanical Garden
Is rain in the forecast? A visit to the botanical gardens could be just the thing. If you’ve never been to one before, botanical gardens are like museums for flora. They are part-conservations and part-public viewing places for rare and beautiful flowers and plants that grow both locally and around the world. Botanical gardens are enormous public greenhouses and many are even free to enter.
Start planning Mother’s Day today. Call mom’s retirement residence, start booking reservations, or start looking into museums, botanical gardens, beautiful parks, and other options that are great for a special day with mom.