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4 Tips for the Elderly Gardener

By Dian Brannen, 9:00 am on

Gardening is an enjoyable pastime that holds many benefits for seniors. Yet, some health conditions such as arthritis may make it more challenging for seniors to work comfortably in their garden. Fortunately, these tips from Lehigh Valley Home Care Assistance can ease any strain so that seniors can get the most out of tending to their plants.

Do a Safety Check

Spending time outdoors is a great way to lift a senior’s mood, however, an injury can seriously ruin a perfect day. Seniors can avoid potential trips and falls by doing a quick safety check on a regular basis. This way, rocks, roots and other debris can be removed from the walking path.

Take Sun Precautions

Plentiful sunshine makes a pretty garden, yet it can wreak havoc on a senior’s skin. Elderly adults should try to garden early in the morning or later in the evening when the sun is not at its peak. Sunscreen, lightweight long-sleeve shirts and wide-brimmed hats can also guard against sun damage.

Garden at Waist Height

Seniors with joint pain may find that too much bending and stooping can ruin their gardening fun. For these seniors, raised bed gardens are the perfect way to make sure they can enjoy their favorite hobby. The ideal height for a raised bed planter is a couple of feet. If a raised bed is not possible, then seniors can still enjoy a container garden that is placed on a table that reaches their waist.

Find a Gardening Partner

Gardening is often considered an individual pursuit, yet there are many tasks that may require a senior to ask for assistance. For example, lugging potting soil or picking up heavy buckets could cause an injury for seniors who lack the strength for such tasks. When seniors anticipate a difficult chore, they can ask for a younger friend or in-home caregiver to partner up for a gardening session or two. During these sessions, seniors can benefit from their companion’s help while sharing the tips and tricks that they have gained from years of experience in their gardens.

Interested in learning more about promoting senior wellbeing? Reach out to Home Care Assistance. As a trusted provider of elderly home care, including dementia and Alzheimer’s care in the Lehigh Valley, we make senior wellness our number one priority. Our care services come backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, our Care Managers are available 24/7, and we never require long-term commitments. To learn more, give us a call at 484-350-3874 and schedule a free in-home consultation.