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Stay Close to Mom – Even on THIS Mother’s Day

Many mothers want nothing more for Mother’s Day than quality time with their children, grandchildren and family. But this year, that “gift” presents particular challenges as we shelter in place and keep our safe social distances.

However, just as senior living communities like Monarch Landing are finding innovative ways to help residents stay connected and engaged, families can still keep Mom close on her special day.

Here are some ways to celebrate all the mothers in our lives this May 10th.

Have a virtual Mother’s Day brunch. Whether we like it or not, video conferencing with co-workers, friends and family has quickly become a way of life. On Mother’s Day, families can plan a special online meal, whereby each person contributes part of the culinary array (and shows it off!) or everyone makes the same meal and enjoys it together. Note: to avoid technical headaches, make sure  you have adequate video conferencing software and Mom understands how to log in before your virtual celebration!

Arrange for a meal to be delivered from her favorite restaurant. Mother’s Day is the most popular day of the year for dining out. While that will not be happening this Mother’s Day, there are many restaurants that will cater to Mom right at her front door. Popular Mother’s Day brunch destinations in Naperville offer curbside and delivery services, some free of charge.

Send her a “goody bag” or gift basket of special things for now and later. Everyone is looking forward to doing our favorite things again, and Mom is no exception. Surprise her with a gift card to a favorite local restaurant, hair salon, clothing store, spa, etc. She’ll have something to look forward to and think of you when the time comes to enjoy. Until then, include sweet treats, puzzles, a photo album of favorite snapshots, a poem written especially for her, flower seeds, a hand-made mask…the possibilities are endless!

Take a virtual walk down memory lane. Add a little nostalgia to your virtual celebration by sharing photos of you with Mom, her grandchildren, at special occasions, on vacation, etc. This will keep great memories alive and inspire dreams of the next in-person memories to be made.

Make lemonade – literally! There has never been a more appropriate time to “make lemonade when life gives you lemons,” as we adjust to our new normal and make the best of a difficult situation. As luck (or perhaps irony) would have it, May 3 is National Lemonade Day. How about putting a little zest in Mother’s Day by sending your mom a good lemonade recipe (and perhaps the ingredients too)? Then, enjoy a sip together at your virtual celebration!

Your family is our family. At Monarch Landing, many of our residents are mothers, grandmothers and even great-grandmothers. We know they are missing face-to-face visits with their families, especially during times of celebration.

We are a family too, and we are helping our Monarch Landing community stay in frequent touch with their loved ones and one another – all at safe social distances and with the help of our in-house TV station, virtual technology, and novel thinking.

We are also serving up some wonderful Mother’s Day fare – and fanfare! – to delight and pamper our special residents of honor.

Most of all, we are holding fast to the hope that soon enough, we will be able to give our mothers and all the special people in our lives a great big hug!