The Ultimate Gift for Mom on Mother’s Day

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 8th, 2015 in Holidays, Spirit | No Comments

Okay Folks. It’s May, and it’s game time. Dust off your skills. You have a new opportunity to impress the socks off the woman that brought you into this world and could contrarily take you out. We all hope to do well in our pursuit for the perfect gift for the woman who is often the unsung hero in our lives–our Moms. Mother’s Day is May 10, 2015.

While Mother’s Day gives us a chance to show our appreciation by showering her with cards, flowers, candy, and other tangible items, there has always been a general consensus among moms’ everywhere that the best gift to be had was quality time with their kids. And, as time goes on, and we all grow older, something so simple as giving time becomes difficult. The difficulty comes largely due to the growing obligations in the day to day obligations in life.

Recently, iTOK, a U.S based technology advisory company that helps seniors get the most from their technology, conducted a survey and found that 53% of senior aged moms wanted an in-person visit for Mother’s Day and 26% of those surveyed thought they would actually get one. That’s only 1 in 4 of the 155 respondents. Working in senior care, we know that there are a lot of caring families that are involved in their parents lives after moving into assisted living. Senior living often gives residents and their children an opportunity to rekindle relationships that might have been lost due to children being under stress as caretakers instead daughter or son. Contrary to this, we have also seen residents’ who did not get as many visits due to geographic restraints or other familial hindrances. Though many have tried to replace human interaction with e-cards and video chats, it is almost impossible to replace real human interaction with the ones you love. Not a flower, a card, or expensive gift could bet the joy in spending quality time with their children even at 80 and 90 years-old.

At Dogwood Forest, we try to facilitate those moments through Mother’s Day Tea’s and Spring Brunches and other activities because we see the positive impact family has on the spirit outcomes of our residents. We found that attention and quality time with family would bring the brightest smiles to the faces of residents who might have been less inclined to show any signs of jubilation. The time is free and the reward is priceless.

So though we are all busy with kids and husbands, wives and work, don’t forget to visit mom on Mother’s Day. We urge you to find the time. It is the best gift you could ever give her.