Finding the Joy in Caregiving

An Important Aspect of Caregiving

There is nothing more rewarding than spending quality time with a loved one. For both the caregiver and the care recipient, the opportunity to create lasting memories apart from the stress and responsibilities of daily caregiving can be especially rewarding.

With the arrival of Summer, a host of possibilities exist for you and your care recipient to enjoy some free or low-cost outdoor entertainment together. Here are some suggestions:

Free outdoor concerts. Many area parks have free concerts throughout the week as well as on weekends.

The Saint Louis Zoo. Ours is not only one of the best zoos in the country, but it is also free! Wheelchairs are available for those who may have a difficult time getting around.

Forest Park: Visit the History Museum, Art Museum or Science Center, which all offer free admission. Or just enjoy a picnic under a shady tree.

Farmer’s Markets: Enjoy the festive atmosphere and the fresh fruits and vegetables grown locally. Many markets have live music and special activities on weekends.

Missouri Botanical Garden: Seniors enjoy a low $3 admission everyday, but all area residents may visit for free on Wednesdays and Saturdays before noon. Therapeutic horticultural classes for seniors are also offered for $7.00.

Outdoor Theater: The Shakespeare Festival St. Louis will be performing Hamlet for free in Forest Park. Free seats are also available at every Muny performance. Both venues are wheelchair accessible and provide assistance for people who are blind or deaf.

National Parks: Seniors can obtain a $10 lifetime pass to our national parks that admits the senior and 3 other adults for free to all national parks that have a fee.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to spend quality time with your loved one. Those loving memories you create today will last you a lifetime. Happy Summer!!

The compassionate staff at St. Andrew’s Senior Solutions serves and supports older adults and their families by providing respite care, care management, and nursing services. For more information please contact Toni Vaughn at 314-726-5766 or

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