It’s officially February, so you know what that means. It’s time to start planning your Valentine’s Day! Whether you are single, dating or married, there is a lot of pressure on making Valentine’s Day romantic, magical and unforgettable. Of course, COVID-19 has really put a wrench in potential celebrations on February 14. Nothing screams romance like face masks, hand sanitizer and these COVID-19 variants we’ve been hearing about the last few weeks. Because manual and electric wheelchair users need to take bigger precautions in staying safe during a pandemic, we’ve developed a list of things you can do to celebrate on February 14. Read on for ideas on how to make your pandemic Valentine’s Day one to remember.
Celebrating at Home
Staying home with your partner or spouse on Valentine’s Day is a good move. While a delicious meal at a romantic restaurant may seem appealing, having a quiet, romantic dinner at home with your partner or spouse is the safer option. You can cook for you and your significant other or order takeout. Light a few candles and put on some music. If you live in a warmer climate, consider a picnic outdoors under the stars.
Eating Out at a Wheelchair-Accessible Restaurant
If you and your significant other have your hearts set on a romantic evening out, we totally get it. We recommend booking a reservation as soon as possible at your favorite wheelchair-accessible restaurant. If you plan to try someplace new, call ahead and confirm that the space is accessible to your electric wheelchair. Many restaurants may reside in older buildings that have narrower doorways, tight hallways and steps, which are not wheelchair friendly. Remember to bring along your face masks and hand sanitizer and try to social distance from others. Do your best to remain safe while you enjoy your evening out.
Romantic Gift Ideas for Electric Wheelchair Users
So, you have the dinner planned. What about the gift? If your finances are tight, there are alternatives to expensive items, like flowers or jewelry. Why not give your date, partner or spouse a gift that speaks from the heart? If you’ve been dating someone for a while, you could compile a photo album of all your favorite memories and adventures? A framed photograph of the two of you is also a great gift. If music is more your speed, you could make a playlist or burn a CD with your favorite (and romantic) songs. If you are a musician, you can play a song for your significant other or write a poem.
Galentine’s Day Ideas
Thanks to the popular television show, “Parks and Recreation,” Galentine’s Day has become a huge deal. Celebrated on February 13, this holiday allows us to celebrate the female friendships in our lives. While it may be tough to get the girls together because of COVID-19, here are some other Galentine’s Day ideas you can try. Schedule a Zoom or FaceTime date with your lady friends on February 13 or plan an outdoor activity that allows you to maintain social distancing.
Single and Disabled: Make Time for You
If you are currently single and don’t particularly care for the Valentine’s Day hype, you can dedicate a day for yourself and practice some major selfcare. Watch a movie, binge your favorite television show or plan a Zoom or FaceTime call with your other single friends. Plan an activity that brings you joy.
We hope everyone has a safe and happy Valentine’s Day!