June 17, 2020
Father’s Day is a special day dedicated to honoring fathers for everything they do. This holiday is recognized and celebrated around the world. In the United States, this holiday is celebrated on the third Sunday of June.
This year the pandemic is reshaping how we celebrate with loved ones, especially with seniors. Home care in Omaha professionals suggests finding ways to celebrate at a safe distance without putting a senior’s health in danger. Here is why Father’s Day is celebrated and some virtual Father’s Day ideas.
The history of Father’s Day
The start of Father’s Day began with a 16-year-old girl named Sonora Louise Smart Dodd. Her widowed father raised Sonora and her five younger brothers. This teenager got inspired to celebrate fathers after listening to a sermon for Mother’s Day.
After her inspiration, she started to petition for the celebration of Father’s Day. Sonora started to petition in her community and eventually convinced local churches to participate. These first celebrations took place in late June to give churches time to prepare.
Throughout her life, she continued to work for Father’s Day to become an official holiday in the United States. This holiday was not officially recognized until 1972 by President Richard Nixon. A sermon celebrated the first official Father’s Day celebration. Families with fathers that were alive wore red roses, and those with deceased fathers wore white roses. Now Father’s Day is celebrated every year in the United States and around the world.
Virtual Father’s Day ideas
Deliver him his favorite meal
Although many restaurants are starting to reopen, some seniors might not feel comfortable going out. Consider delivering your father takeout from his favorite restaurant. It is a nice gesture to make him feel appreciated. If his favorite restaurant is not open, try to cook his favorite meal and deliver it to him.
Help tend the garden
If your father’s favorite pastime is gardening, consider giving him some vegetables, flowers or plants for his garden. It can help him stay active at home and enjoy some time outdoors. However, if your father has limited mobility, try to help him maintain the yard. You can cut the lawn and remove any dead plants and weeds.
Watch a movie virtually together
For those fathers who are a little more tech-savvy, watch a film with them virtually. You can make a Zoom or phone call and watch a movie together. This will help him feel less lonely on this special day. Do not forget to include the kids!
Say hello from a safe distance
Although you might not be able to spend the day with your father because of the pandemic, you can still say hello. If you live near him, you can drive by to say hello from a safe distance. Drop off the gifts that you and your children made. Enjoy some face to face conversation from 6 feet away.
Gift him in-home care
As your father starts to age, it can become difficult for him to do simple tasks. For example, he might not be able to drive, remember to take medication or need help grooming. It might be uncomfortable for him to admit it. If you have noticed your father needs help, consider giving him in-home care.
Home care in Omaha professionals can help with personal care needs like grooming, nutrition and medication reminders. Contact Akkase Home Health Care to start your consultation.