Gardening is one of the best activities that your aging parent can enjoy outdoors. Getting out of the house and creating and maintaining their garden can offer them a wide variety of benefits, including a stronger, healthier body, improved mental and emotional health, and even better cognitive functioning. As their family caregiver, you should encourage your aging parent to enjoy their gardening as much as they would like, which can be made much simpler and more accessible through the use of certain tools. These tools can make gardening more enjoyable for your parent so they are more likely to engage in it more often.
Some tools your parent can use to help make their gardening more enjoyable and more comfortable include:
- Knee pads. Kneeling on the ground can be difficult and painful for a senior. A foam or cushioned knee pad provides support and shock absorption so they can kneel for longer and more comfortably
- Ergonomic tools. Weakened hand grip, arthritis, and limited range of motion can make using gardening tools such as spades, shovels, and rakes more difficult. Those designed with ergonomic handles provide greater comfort and control, making use easier and more accessible for your parent
- Benches. Standing or kneeling for long periods can be extremely hard on your parent. Bringing a bench out to the garden can give your parent a chance to sit and rest and even tend to plants that have gotten larger. A shower bench can be effectively repurposed for this use, but you can also look for a bench that includes integrated storage for even more convenience
- Hose extension. A hose extension that allows for changing the spray of the water can make it easier for your aging parent to water a large amount of land from one location, letting your parent avoid leaning, walking, or bending
If you are looking for a way to enhance your aging parent's quality of life, support their health and well-being, and encourage a lifestyle that is more active and engaged, now may be the ideal time for you to start elderly care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent when it is right not just for them and their needs, but also for the amount of care that you give them on a regular basis. Through a set of highly personalized services, this care provider can encourage your parent to manage their needs, challenges, and limitations in the best way for them as an individual based on their beliefs, personal opinions, and goals. These services can include everything from safe and reliable transportation to helping with personal care needs to medication reminders to ensure that they remain compliant with their prescriptions and guidelines from their doctor.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Evergreen, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver. Call today: (720) 263-6060.