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By: Elizabeth Bemis on June 16th, 2013

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How Father’s Day is Celebrated in Assisted Living Communities

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How Father's Day is Celebrated In Assisted Living CommunitiesFather’s Day is observed every year on the third Sunday in June. How you choose to celebrate your father’s influence on your life may be based on family traditions and culture. This year, financial planners predict an estimated $13.3 billion will be spent in tribute to dads in the USA; no doubt you’ll find a personalized way to show respect and love-- and for caregivers with aging fathers—that may involve taking a trip over to an assisted living community, perhaps with a carload of family members from various generations to pay tribute.

How Assisted Living Communities Celebrate

Activity and recreation staff in many assisted living communities take the opportunity to celebrate the men by hosting special activities such as worship services, brunches, luncheons and/or dinners with outside activities that appeal to the men. 

Some go all out with gourmet food or have a back yard BBQ.  Most communities customize their events to meet the interests of their “fathers” and find meaningful ways to honor them and involve their families. 

Many of the men enjoy games such as poker, bingo or dominoes in spacious, comfortable seating areas with chances to win fun prizes. Some enjoy watching a ball game with family and friends.  Others just relish the opportunity to spend time with the family and reminisce about what it was like raising the family. 

The Heart of Father’s Day

As much as you plan to honor your father or other male members of the family, keep in mind that the day will be filled with many emotions, ranging from joy to sadness.  For many men, they felt most needed and respected during the years they were working and raising a family and may be mourning the loss of that identity.  They may have lost a child at some point, may be widowed and even miss their own father so many years after his death.  Be sensitive to their emotions.  In addition to all the bells and whistles of the day’s celebrations, kind words and a loving touch will mean the world.

Key Takeaways:

  • How you choose to celebrate your father’s influence in your life may be based on family traditions and culture.

  • For caregivers with aging parents, Father’s Day celebration may involve taking a trip over to an assisted living community, perhaps with a carload of first and second generation families to pay homage.

  • Be aware of other emotions that may surround Father’s Day and let the men in your life know how much you appreciate them. 

About Elizabeth Bemis

In 1998, I drove past an assisted living community construction site, learned that it was part of United Methodist Homes and realized the next stop on my professional journey was to work for a mission driven organization. Soon after, I joined the team as Executive Director of our Middlewoods of Farmington community and later served as Regional Manager for the Middlewoods properties before accepting my current role as Vice President of Marketing, Promotions, and Assisted Living Operations. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, walking, and love working alongside our staff, residents, and families to build strong communities that reflect the mission, vision, and values of United Methodist Homes.

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