A day dedicated to honouring mothers in our families and in society, Mother’s Day in Australia this year is Sunday the 9th of May 2021. This commemorative day serves as a reminder to show our appreciation for the contribution of mothers and is observed to give special emphasis to the maternal bonds of motherly figures around the world.
Residents at The Richardson will be celebrating Mother’s Day with a special afternoon tea with goodies baked by our very own Chef Gerry and his team of culinary experts.
Whilst current restrictions see us needing to be careful with social distancing and wearing masks when visiting hospital or aged care residences, there are still many ways to show Mum you love her this Mother’s Day.
Give the gift of time
Spending quality time with loved ones is priceless. Oftentimes our older loved ones ask for nothing more than our company, so set aside some time this Sunday to take a stroll with Mum on one of these access-friendly trails in Perth.
Maintaining connection with families is essential for our residents at The Richardson. Provided visitors are wearing masks, families are currently permitted to visit their loved ones at The Richardson, however, if visits are not possible due to lockdowns or family location, we help facilitate video calls and visits through our famous ‘Window Of Love‘ as a way for our residents to feel connected during restrictions.
Play that List
Many of our Mums still remember when they bought their first vinyl record, so navigating digital music streaming can be a little intimidating! This Mother’s Day take the time to get online and set up an account for them. Whether it be Spotify, Apple Music or YouTube, you can purchase a premium account subscription and create a playlist with all their favourite songs. At The Richardson our Lifestyle Coordinator uses YouTube Premium to create video playlists for our residents and they are be blown away by the range of music available at their fingertips.
Why not buy Mum a subscription for her favourite magazine or newspaper this year? When you’ve left the gift buying a little late, a good tip is to visit your local newsagent and purchase the current issue so Mum can start enjoying your magazine choice right away. Here are a few suggestions ideal for Mum:
- Womankind: is an advertising-free women’s magazine on self, identity and meaning in today’s society. Womankind magazine features leading journalists, authors and artists – offering a signature mix of reporting and commentary on culture, creativity, philosophy, nature, and ways to live a more fulfilling life.
- Breathe Magazine Australia: their message is to ‘make more time for yourself’. We like to call it a body-and-soul guide to a happier, healthier life. Each issue contains five pillars – Wellbeing, Living, Mindfulness, Creativity and Escaping. Feature articles focus on how to achieve relief from stress, increase resilience, find greater happiness and lead a more fulfilling life.
- Adore Home Magazine: is an Australian-based interiors magazine celebrating beautiful, colourful, modern homes and spaces. Once an online-only magazine, Adore Home is now a printed publication, released once every three months.
In a world of digital images it is such a treat to look through a love-filled photo book. It doesn’t cost the world, but an album of family photos will mean the world to your Mum. You can create the album online and pick-up in-store at Officeworks – if you get cracking now it may even be ready by the weekend.
We all love it when Mum cooks for us, but how often do we cook for her? There is nothing better than coming home to a home-cooked meal that you didn’t actually cook! And no one appreciates zero dinner dishes more than Mum. So, show your Mum you really care with a hearty soup, slow cooked casserole or her favourite dessert. If you want to really dial up the nostalgia you can dig out your Mum’s copy of The Golden Wattle Cookery Book. Compiled by Margaret Wylie, it’s no longer in print, but was first published in Perth WA in 1924.
Women’s Weekly Food is another old favourite for fabulous recipes which can also be accessed online.
A Poem for Mum
If anyone is going to love something you write, it’s your Mum. Putting pen to paper to tell her how much you appreciate and love her won’t just make her feel fantastic, it will most likely fill your heart with warm fuzzies too. Get the kids to write something for Grandma as well and read it to her over a Mother’s Day catch up or video call. This is an ideal way for them to connect with their Grandma this Mother’s Day.
The team at The Richardson wishes all Mums a magical day!