Ideas for Father’s Day in Assisted Living

June 15, 2018

Holidays like Father’s Day are ones we look forward to at LCB communities, when we’re privileged to share a bit in families’ spending some special time together. We’ve also gotten to learn some great ideas about ways that children and grandchildren celebrate the day with their loved ones. If you’re searching for inspiration this year, here are some ideas to think about.

If Dad Wants to Go Out

Weather and health permitting, a Father’s Day Sunday can be the perfect opportunity for spending a relaxing day out with Dad! If you share a passion for golfing or fishing, then pack a picnic lunch and you’re good to go. Otherwise, here are some options for easy day trips:

  • Take Dad for lunch and to watch the Red Sox game at a local sports bar or restaurant.
  • Is Dad a history buff? Check out some local historic walks/trails, or head to an exhibit nearby.
  • If it’s a hot day, take a stroll around your local indoor shopping mall. This is a great option if the grandkids are tagging along – grab some ice cream and relax in the air conditioning!
  • Movie matinees are another great option if the weather’s not cooperating – check the listings, and take Dad for a little afternoon escape.
  • If you’re near a barbershop, treat Dad to an old fashioned cut and a shave.
  • Have Dad back home for a family BBQ! If you like to cook, sharing a meal at home can be a great way for Dad to relax, indulge in some favorite foods, and spend quality family time.

If Dad Needs to Stay Put

It’s not always easy for some seniors to be out and about. If Dad’s better off celebrating the day in his home or senior community, here are ways to make the day special:

  • Make Dad a slideshow on your laptop or iPad! Select some family photos he would love, set them to his favorite music, and you’re good to go.
  • Games are always a fun activity, whether it’s just you visiting, or you’ve got grandkids in the picture. Charades, Uno, chess, cards, even a poker game – it might also be a fun time for Dad to teach the grandkids one of his favorite games to play!
  • Does Dad like to work with his hands? Bring him a project to work on together, such as wood or brass polishing, small furniture repair – something you could make progress on over the course of an afternoon visit.
  • Share a meal together in the dining room. Call ahead if you need to, but make arrangements to have lunch or dinner where Dad lives. The simple act of sitting and eating together can be a nice way to just relax and connect.
  • Alternatively, bring Dad take-out! If there’s a restaurant he really loves and misses going to, grab his favorite meal on your way and eat it together in his room.
  • Start your own mini book group together. Bring Dad an audiobook and make arrangements to meet back up in a few weeks to discuss. That will not only give Dad some entertainment, but it’ll give him something to look forward to as well – and when it can be so tough to carve out times to get together, this guarantees you another visit in the near future!


For more helpful Father’s Day ideas, head to the Daily Caring site.