Easter is just around the corner, and as with any holiday, the added stress can make any family caregiver nervous. There are million things to do and not much time to do them, especially if you are also helping an aging parent or loved one with their daily tasks. It doesn’t have to be this way though!
Even if you are swamped with cooking, cleaning, and other party-planning tasks, you can still carve out some time to have fun with the senior in your care. One fun, festive way to do this is to have him or her help you to make Easter baskets for your kids or grandkids!
Here are some ideas about how to get started.
- Eggs – Even if you’re all grown up now, your aging parent would love coloring Easter eggs with you again. You can buy an egg coloring kit from the store, or you can simply use food coloring to dye them. Try making different patterns using stencils, or painting the outer shell with tempera paint to personalize them. It will be a fun way to bond with your parent, and Easter eggs are the perfect way to make an Easter basket pop with color!
- Candy – If possible, take your senior shopping with you, and let them help you pick out which candy to buy to put in the Easter baskets. Ask them what they used to put in your basket when you were a child, if you can’t remember, and have them tell you what they got when they were a kid! Then, when you get back home, work together to arrange the candy in the basket, so that you can both get credit for the joy that lights up the children’s faces when they see their candy haul.
- Decorations – Easter baskets are nothing without decorations. It can be a fun arts and crafts project to decorate the baskets together! If you’re using a wicker basket, try using ribbons and strings to make bows to decorate the handle and the outside. If you are using plastic baskets, consider buying some festive stickers to stick on the sides. And in either case, be sure to fill the bottom with colorful Easter grass, which can be bought at any grocery or dollar store.
- Arrangement – Once you have the basket decorated, you’re ready to put in the candy, eggs, or toys you bought to go in them. This could be the best part for you and your parent, because this is the time when you get to work together to create an arrangement that you know will make the children smile.
These are just a few simple ideas for making Easter baskets. You and your senior will surely come up with many more as you work together to create the perfect basket! No matter what you do or how it turns out, though, the part that you will always remember is the day you spent working on them with your parent, and how much you both enjoyed yourself. Not to mention the look on your children’s faces when they saw the spectacular baskets you made!
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Robbinsville, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.