"Palentine's" Day: Celebrating Love at All Ages

Showing your appreciation for someone you care for, or even just taking the time to appreciate yourself, can be a fun and meaningful way to celebrate this holiday.

"Palentine's" Day: Celebrating Love at All Ages

“Palentine’s” Day: Celebrating Love at All Ages 

Valentine’s Day is all about love, but it doesn’t have to be limited to couples. Showing your appreciation for someone you care for, or even just taking the time to appreciate yourself, can be a fun and meaningful way to celebrate this holiday. You might have seen marketing campaigns with slogans such as Rosé instead of roses to emphasise that celebrating with friends can be just as fun as with a partner. Read on to discover some fun ways to celebrate Palentine’s Day with someone you love.

Celebrating Friendship and Companionship at Home Instead Wimbledon and Kingston

At Home Instead Wimbledon and Kingston, the weekly “Love to Move” and “Love to Sing” sessions are more than just activities; they are celebrations of friendship and companionship. These sessions provide a platform for seniors to come together, socialize, and engage in joyful activities that promote overall well-being.

Valentine’s Day: A Celebration of Love and Togetherness

Valentine’s Day is a perfect occasion to emphasize the importance of love, friendship, and companionship. By hosting these “Love to Move” and “Love to Sing” sessions around Valentine’s Day, Home Instead Wimbledon and Kingston create a warm and inclusive environment where seniors can express their affection for one another through music, dance, and shared experiences.

Why Celebrate Palentine’s Day?

For some of your loved ones, Valentine’s Day will be something they might want to avoid – it may remind them of loved ones they’ve lost, or perhaps be a holiday that they never fussed with in the past. But changing the focus to Palentine’s Day (a day to celebrate with your pals) could be a fun way to do something different.

  1. Celebrating different festivals is a great way to offer your loved ones new experiences and bring some joy into their lives. They might not have heard the modern take on it and be confused about what Palentine’s Day represents, but if they have a nice day, it’s worth putting in the effort. You could even tell them that your own version of it is called Companiontine’s Day, where some of your loved ones can appreciate the friendship of their cherished companions.
  2. While some of our loved onesat Home Instead Wimbledon and Kingston might not want to remember Valentine’s Days gone by, others will be keen to reminisce. They might want to look at old photographs or tell stories about their youth which will bring a smile to your face. Give those close to you the opportunity to share something new with you.
  3. At Home Instead Wimbledon and Kingston, the team members emphasize the profound significance of friendships for mental and emotional health. Our trainer, Katina Sheehan expresses that friendships have been instrumental in helping her navigate through both challenging and joyful moments in life, stating, “hugely important, they have helped me get through some of the worst / most traumatic times in my life but have also been with me during my most joyous moments.” Our Care Consultant, Rebecca Trendall highlights the essential role of friendships in understanding life’s different phases, mentioning, “Friendships are critical to understanding the chapters of life we face independently and together.” Sophia Anderson, our Recruiter, further reinforces this sentiment by emphasizing that friendships are “extremely important for mental and emotional wellbeing,” providing a sense of companionship and support that alleviates feelings of loneliness.

Home Instead Wimbledon and Kingston’s Approach to Facilitating Friendships for Older Adults

Rebecca from Home Instead Wimbledon and Kingston underscores the challenges older adults may face in making new friends or maintaining existing relationships. She emphasizes the organization’s commitment to fostering connections and companionship through their services, stating, “Friends are the family we choose! Being the person to light up somebody’s day or make their favourite meal helps both their sense of wellbeing and connection.” Home Instead Wimbledon and Kingston’s approach, including services like ‘Love to Dance’ and companion care, aims to create opportunities for older adults to build new friendships and maintain existing ones, thereby enhancing their overall quality of life.

How to Celebrate Palentine’s Day?

Planning entertaining ways to celebrate gives you an opportunity to think creatively about how your loved ones will enjoy and remember that no two people are the same! Here are some different ideas about ways to celebrate.

  1. Get Crafty – some seniors enjoy taking part in craft activities, and what better way to celebrate than by making a Palentine’s Day card? The card doesn’t have to be for a significant other – you and your loved one could make each other a card, or you could support them in making a sweet card for a family member, friend, or person in the community who they appreciate. Another craft related option is to make paper flowers – there are plenty of online tutorials whether you want to try your hand at origami, tissue paper, or perhaps a floral painting.
  2. Sweet Treats – Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to mean boxes of chocolate, but perhaps getting in the kitchen is a fun activity that you and your loved one could do together. Baking some heart shaped biscuits or a decorative cake to share with friends is a fun way to celebrate, or for those with an artistic flair, making your own chocolates would be a great activity to do together. If you like the sweet treats but aren’t so hot in the kitchen, how about using Palentine’s Day as an excuse to go for an afternoon tea, or even just a coffee and cake in a local café.
  3. Meaningful Music – there are lots of ways to use music in your Palentine’s Day celebrations. Perhaps you could ask your loved one to tell you three pieces of music which are meaningful to them, and you can listen to them together, before you share your own desert island discs! Or you could look up some romantic songs that were popular when your loved one was young, or even from the year they were born. Perhaps they’d like to share with you the song that played when they walked down the aisle, or a song that reminds them of their parents? Listening to music can be a moving experience for many seniors, and a perfect way to relax while having a slice of your homemade Palentine’s Day cake. They might even want to sing along!
  4. Acts of Kindness – it’s been proven that doing small acts of kindness is beneficial to the giver as well as to the recipient, so this is a great feel-good way to celebrate. Ask your loved one to think of someone they’d like to be kind to – it could be the girl at the corner shop who always tells them to have a nice day, or the postman who goes the extra mile in making sure their packages stay dry. It doesn’t have to be a big gesture, but something small to bring joy into the life of another, and to make your loved one feel good about themselves, too.
  5. Local Activities –If you’re planning a special outing with your loved one to celebrate Palentine’s Day, there are plenty of great choices. From taking a stroll in Wimbledon Park to going for a coffee at Drop Shop Coffee, we’re sure you can think of a unique place to visit.

Not everyone will be up for celebrating Palentine’s Day, but perhaps this modern take on a traditional celebration will put a twinkle in the eye of your loved one. In care, every day is different, and thinking of unique ways to bring joy to each day is all part of caring for someone and sharing their lived experience. Use Palentine’s Day to spread joy and make your loved ones smile! 

As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, we at Home Instead Wimbledon and Kingston want to extend our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones. Our dedicated team is here to provide compassionate care and support for your elderly family members, ensuring they receive the care they deserve. At Home Instead Wimbledon and Kingston we believe in the importance of relationship led companionship care. Learn more about Finding the Perfect Carer Match.

If you or someone you know is in need of quality home care services, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help make a positive difference in the lives of seniors in our community. Contact Home Instead Wimbledon and Kingston today at 0208 942 4137. 

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