When we’re little, our grandparents are often the ones that care for us. How many of us remember grandma coming over to feed us chicken soup and sit with us when we’re ill and our parents have to work?
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- ‘Get Well Soon, Grandma’ Messages for a Card or Letter
- Short ‘Get Well Soon, Grandma’ Messages for a Text or DM
- Lighthearted or Funny ‘Get Well Soon, Grandma’ Messages
- ‘Get Well Soon, Grandma’ for a Social Media Status or Post
- ‘Get Well Soon, Grandma’ Messages for Flowers
As our grandparents get older though, they became increasingly at risk for illnesses and injuries.
That means that it’s our turn to care for them the way they have cared for us all these years. If your grandma is under the weather, send her some get well wishes. Here are a variety of messages to inspire you.
‘Get Well Soon, Grandma’ Messages for a Card or Letter
An illness or injury that wouldn’t be too bad for a younger person can be catastrophic for the elderly.
Even a minor cold or injury deserves messages to get well soon. If you already write letters to grandma, be sure to include a line or two asking after their health. You can also always send a get well card specifically for the situation.
1. “I know you’re nervous about your surgery, but you are the strongest person I know. You’ve got this! And we’ll all be waiting on the other side, ready to take care of you.”
If your grandma has an upcoming medical procedure, you don’t have to wait until it’s over to send a card or letter. If you know she’s nervous, send one ahead of time. It will help settle her nerves and make her feel more confident.
2. “Mom let me know that you haven’t been feeling very well lately. I know she’s there to help you, but please know you can always reach out to me, too. She can be a little overbearing I know, so I’m happy to run interference.”
Sometimes older people can clash with their caretakers. While they may appreciate some help, it can be frustrating to feel like you have to depend on somebody. Offer to be a safe space for your grandma if she’s chafing at a lack of autonomy.
3. “I know I’m far away right now, but at the same time, I’m only a phone call away. Even if I can’t be there to hold your hand, you’re always on my mind.”
It can be hard to be away from your loved one when they’re dealing with an illness. Reaching out to them can remind them—and yourself!—that you can still offer moral support.
Short ‘Get Well Soon, Grandma’ Messages for a Text or DM
There’s a stereotype that older people aren’t very tech-savvy. But plenty of grandmothers are very handy with their cell phones. If your grandma is passing her sick time by playing games on her phone, you can send a quick text to check on her.
4. “I just wanted to know what temperature to bake your famous chocolate chip cookies? They always made me feel better when I was a kid, so I want to send some to you.”
If your grandma used to make treats for you when you were under the weather, text her and let her know you’re returning the favor! It will warm her heart to know she has a nice gift to look forward to.
5. “You really stomped all over me in that last online word game! You need to get better soon so I can preserve my dignity.”
If your grandma is doing some gaming during her convalescence, ask her information, and play along with her.
Be sure to compliment her when she does especially well. Your participation and your kind words will help encourage her and keep her actively engaged. Engaging older family members socially and mentally can improve their overall health and help them get better faster.
6. “I know your throat’s been sore so you haven’t been up to talking on the phone. I thought you might be up for texting instead. How are you feeling today?”
Your grandma may not be a fluent texter, but an illness or injury may make talking too difficult for her. Offer to communicate via text instead.
Be encouraging, and offer any tips or tricks you think might make it easier for her. It may be challenging at first, but it can really expand her horizons and help her stay connected.
Lighthearted or Funny ‘Get Well Soon, Grandma’ Messages
There’s an old saying that goes, “laughter is the best medicine.” Many older people don’t like it when we make a big deal out of their illnesses and injuries.
A more lighthearted get well message is actually a respectful route to take in that case. You’re still checking in on them, but in a way that won’t make them feel embarrassed or under scrutiny. Here are some get well wishes with a more humorous bent.
7. “How many times do we have to tell you? Please leave the circus tricks for acrobats! I was very impressed by your dismount, though. It was a solid 10 out of 10. Rest up, and get better soon.”
Older people are often at an increased risk for falling as balance gets trickier the older you get. But falling can be embarrassing, especially as you get older.
Make light of a fall by likening it to an acrobatic feat. This isn’t the right approach for everyone, but if your grandma likes to laugh at herself this should cheer her up.
8. “If you didn’t want to come to my wedding, you could have just said so! You didn’t have to make yourself sick. Bad news—I made my friend record the whole ceremony, so you’re going to have to sit here and watch it anyway!
Sometimes an illness or injury can make an older person miss out on a special event. You can make up for that by recording the event or bringing a version of it to them.
If you don’t want it to seem like a big deal, you can undercut the emotion of the situation by turning it into a gentle joke. Your grandma will appreciate being included, and will likely enjoy the lighthearted approach.
9. “You know, if you wanted to be treated like a princess for a while, you could have just said so! Next time you want to get some special treatment, just say the word.”
If your grandma has an injury or illness that requires caretaking, she may feel a little bad about it. A lot of older people don’t like to feel like a burden.
You can gently tease her, but make sure she knows what an honor and privilege it is to care for her. And definitely be sure to spoil her as much as she’ll let you. She deserves it.
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‘Get Well Soon, Grandma’ for a Social Media Status or Post
Whether your Grandma prefers Facebook or puts the “gram” in “Instagram”, she likely has at least one social media platform of choice. If your grandma is all about getting those likes, give her something to like by posting a get well message on social media. Here are some appropriate sample messages:
10. “Some of you may know, my grandma is recovering after a recent medical event. It would really brighten her day to get some kind words. Feel free to leave a comment here, and I’ll show it to her tomorrow!”
Take advantage of the “social” aspect of social media by getting get well messages to share with your grandma.
11. “Hi, grandma! I hope you’re doing well. I just wanted to let you know that we’re keeping you in our prayers.”
If your grandma is religious, knowing people are praying for her may lift her spirits. Writing this on social media may also inspire other people to boost her mood in the same way.
12. “Welcome to Facebook, Grandma! I’ll do my best to cheer you up with memes while you recover.”
Many older people might finally decide to get into social media when they’re forced to because of downtime. Help your Grandma get acclimated to a new platform with a warm welcome.
‘Get Well Soon, Grandma’ Messages for Flowers
When a loved one gets sick, a lot of times we like to send get well gifts or bouquets of flowers. But a gift is always elevated when accompanied by a thoughtful card. Here are some thoughtful messages to go along with a get well bouquet.
13. “A beautiful lady deserves beautiful flowers! Hope these cheer you up.”
Flowers are a thoughtful gesture that older women often respond to very well. Flowers and a small card can really make your grandma’s day.
14. “I read that lavender has healing power, so I sent you this plant. At the very least, I figure it will smell nice. Get well soon!”
Some plants have medicinal value. Some can just cheer you up by smelling good and looking nice. Either way, it’s a great gesture for your grandma.
15. “I know the view in the hospital isn’t very inspiring. I thought this bouquet might improve the scenery. I love you!”
Hospital rooms can be bleak and depressing. A beautiful arrangement of flowers can give the space a facelift, and lift your grandma’s spirits.
Messages to Send When Your Grandma Is Under the Weather
Grandmas are often known to be nurturing and kind. With all the love they give, they deserve just as much in return when they’re unwell. It’s not always easy to know what to say when someone’s sick.
The best thing to do is just speak from the heart. But regardless of what you say, your grandma will appreciate your efforts.