Is your aging loved one homebound? Enjoy your family vacation right at home! Here are several staycation ideas for homebound seniors who love to party.
Don’t feel like spending money or dealing with the hassle of traveling for a vacation? Then take a staycation instead! A staycation is defined as staying close to home while on vacation, and more than half of all Americans have taken one.
A staycation does not have to be boring, even if the people taking it are homebound seniors who are used to staying in their residence. Here are eight staycation ideas that you or a loved one can enjoy during their downtime.
Reserve a day at a spa for some R&R and beauty treatments. This is a great activity to enjoy with a partner or other loved one.
Today’s spas offer a variety of massage therapies, facials, body treatments, and other services to help you feel your best from head to toe. Or head to the hair salon for a new haircut and makeup application.
Some spa treatments don’t require you to leave home. You can book a massage therapist who makes house calls, soak in the tub with your favorite bath oil, or try a new yoga DVD in the comfort of your living room.
Taking care of yourself while sprucing up your look can work wonders for your self-esteem and just make you feel fantastic.
There are so many wonderful ways to spend time in nature. Take a day trip to a local beach, state park, or the mountains if they’re nearby. There’s nothing quite as refreshing as breathing in clean air and hearing just the sound of chirping birds and rustling leaves.
Taking a walk down a forest path or simply watching the waves crash onto the beach can renew your thoughts and relieve stress. You can also simply set up a chair or blanket in your backyard and just take in your surroundings or enjoy the sunshine with a good book.
Rent some new flicks you’ve been dying to see or pull out some favorites from your DVD library and invite a few friends or family members over to watch. Comedies and musicals always lift everyone’s spirits.
For added fun, you can rent movies that revolve around a theme such as award winners or classic actors who ruled the screen back in the day.
Prepare some yummy snacks such as popcorn, appetizers, and movie theater candy. Serve with soft drinks and other beverages for a full movie day experience without the hassle of paying for tickets and reserving seats.
Rainy day during your staycation? Then head to a local museum to take in the newest and permanent exhibits. A historic mansion that offers guided tours can also make for a fascinating day.
If it’s sunny out, consider visiting a sculpture park or topiary garden and take the time to really walk around and notice every detail.
Cooking and cleaning up can certainly take up a lot of people’s precious time. Consider putting cooking dinner on hold during your entire staycation. Use a meal delivery service instead or indulge in a different take out place every night.
You can also hire a cleaning service to visit your home and take care of any overdue clean-up chores you’ve been putting off, such as clearing cobwebs and removing grime from underneath kitchen appliances.
This is your chance to create some extra time for yourself and use it doing something you actually want to do. If you or a loved one are homebound and consistently needing help with household chores, consider looking into home care services. This company helps homebound seniors with cleaning the home, paying bills, and running errands.
Maybe it’s painting, knitting, or hitting the golf course for a round of 18 holes. Whatever your passion is, devote an entire day to it.
Too often we put off our pastimes because something else always requires our attention. We just need to learn to make time for them. Doing something that we love to do feeds our creative spirit and makes us feel fulfilled.
This is also a great opportunity to try a new hobby that we’ve been interested in but putting off forever. There’s no shortage of online courses that you can try, whether you wish to learn a new language or want to break into freelance writing.
If you do love to cook and bake, then use your staycation to host a lunch, dinner, or backyard picnic with friends or loved ones. You can put on your favorite music, try some new cocktail recipes or wine, and also offer a variety of board games to enjoy after the meal.
For a backyard picnic, play some lawn games such as crochet, badminton, or horseshoes.
Create a playlist of your favorite summertime themed songs to keep some feel-good tunes in the background throughout the day.
Is there a room in your home that could use some updating or a home DIY project you’ve been putting off? Now is a great time to tackle it. Visit your local home goods store to stock up on lighting, bedding, accessories and anything else the room you have in mind needs.
You can also assemble or renovate a piece of furniture or paint a room in a fresh color (if you actually enjoy painting, that is.) Checking off this task on your to-do list will give you a sense of accomplishment!
The truth is, a staycation can be anything you want it to be. For homebound seniors, there’s no shortage of staycation ideas on what defines a great day or week off. It’s only limited by your imagination and interests.
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