Senior Care in Danbury, CT - April is National Garden Month
Gardening is a great activity for people of all ages. For any senior needing extra care on a regular basis could make it seem like planting and growing a garden is no longer something they should even consider. On the contrary, getting outside and getting exercise can offer plenty of benefits for people of all ages.
April is National Garden Month and we have put together five ways, or steps, to help establish a safe Garden for any senior who requires extra care.
Step 1. Location, location, location. In the real estate industry, location is considered the most important aspect of any property. When you are talking about a garden, it is also essential.
Make sure the garden is easily accessible for the elderly individual and that it will be in direct sunlight for a majority of the day time hours.
Step 2. Determine what plants and vegetables to grow. In different climates, different vegetables and plants will fare better than in other climates. Sit down with the elderly client and determine what their interests are and what doesn’t require a constant level of attention to help it grow.
Step 3. Leave plenty of room between the plants and vegetables. If a garden is packed in tight, not only will this be counterproductive for the plants growing there, but it can make it much more difficult for the senior to get in between them all to weed, pick the vegetables as they ripen, and simply stroll through the garden checking on all of their stock.
Step 4. Encourage the senior to rely on assistance. Any time the senior is planning to go out to their garden, if they have difficulty getting around on their own, it will be beneficial for them to wait until a family member, friend, neighbor, or senior care service provider is with them so they remain safe. In the event that they lose their balance or don’t feel steady on their feet after they’ve gotten out to the garden, having somebody to lean on and help them back to the house can be incredibly important.
Step 5. Protect the skin and eyes. Wearing a large brimmed hat, using sunscreen, and having wraparound sunglasses when going out to work in the garden are all important for people of all ages, and especially seniors. Because of the increased risk of health issues and vision problems, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, protecting the eyes and skin is important for remaining safe while gardening.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Danbury, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.