Special delivery on Mother's Day

ALL SMILES: Be creative in reaching out to your mum on Mother's Day.
ALL SMILES: Be creative in reaching out to your mum on Mother's Day.

CORONAVIRUS will upend many children's plans to celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, May 10.

If your mother is over the age of 60, or living in an aged-care facility, it is best to stay away in this time of self-isolation and lockdown.

That's because elderly people are among those most at risk of contracting the respiratory illness.

But there are many other ways of reaching out to your mum on this important annual day.

Some older people may not have the technological capacity to receive social messages, or video conference calls.

So why not compile an album of cherished photos from the past, or choose one particular photo that "says it all" and have it framed?

There are a number of photo album websites, where you can upload high-resolution JPEGs and create your own album, complete with captions.

Classics are great reads and, on Mother's Day, a classic gift.

While many bookshops may be closed for the duration, larger retailers have their own websites where you can browse titles and shop online.

You can also have these gifts delivered directly to your mum, in case self-isolation remains in force.

If your mum is not on Skype, or unable to receive a video call, she will most certainly appreciate a phone call.

A trick in this time of self-isolation is to make her laugh; think of a fun time you have both shared and remind her of it.

Laughter is perhaps the best antidote against loneliness in this time of self-isolation.

There are many ways you can reach out to your mum on this important day; many families in Britain have led the way, having celebrated Mother's Day on March 25.

There, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned children visiting your elderly mother could kill her, with millions heeding that advice and using other methods to mark the day.

If your mum is younger and as a family you are not in self-isolation, show your appreciation by making her a Mother's Day card and making her breakfast in bed.

With many parents choosing to keep their child at home during this pandemic, making mum a card is a great way of keeping kids busy and creative.

Organise a virtual call

KEEP IN TOUCH: With IT.

KEEP IN TOUCH: With IT.

IN this time of self-isolation, use social media to say "hi" to your mum on Mother's Day.

Fit her out with suitable technology, such as a computer with a built-in webcam and microphone, so you can both video chat.

There are a number of apps such as Zoom, Skype and Google hangouts that will keep you in touch from the comfort of your living room. There's also the Facebook messenger app.

Bloomin' good gift

SAY IT: With flowers.

SAY IT: With flowers.

FLOWERS say so much, especially on Mother's Day.

Whether you are in self-isolation, or stuck in another country during this coronavirus pandemic, it is relatively easy to organise a bunch of flowers with a personal message for your mother.

Flowers given as a gift also support local businesses, our florists, most of whom take phone or online deliveries. So send your mum some flowers.

Keep clean when visiting

WASH: Your hands.

WASH: Your hands.

If your mum is in an aged-care facility, you may be faced with restricted visiting hours.

Older people are more at risk of contracting the virus, so if you are preparing to visit your mum, consider wearing a mask.

Also wash your hands before and after leaving the facility.

From May 1, visitors will need to show their influenza vaccination is in order.

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