It’s getting warmer (finally) for much of the nation and that means spending more time outside. When your loved one who is relying on senior care lives in a climate that is enjoying the gradual warm up into spring, there are some things that you, or they, should keep in mind to be healthy and safe.
The transition from winter to spring is not necessarily an easy thing for many people to deal with. It’s a time of rejuvenation and rebirth, but for those who may be frailer now than they were the last time it was warm outside, the spring weather might not hold the same positive power that it once did. It’s a good idea to make sure that your elderly loved one gets involved in more activities with the nicer weather.
If your mother used to enjoy planting and growing a garden, and if she is unable to do much of the work, anymore, then this could potentially be a project that the two of you work on together, especially if you live close enough where the drive wouldn’t be cumbersome.
If your loved one decides to plant a garden, then don’t assume that the senior care service provider will be tending to that garden as it begins to grow. It’s going to need water just about every single day, depending on where you live in the country, and it’s going to need to be weeded from time to time, usually once a week is the minimum. If you know that your elderly loved one is going to be unable to physically do this kind of work, you could talk to senior home services, but you could also look to hire a local boy or girl who is looking for a way to make some money through the spring and summer months. Have them come over and week once a week and water the garden properly daily, or every other day, depending on the climate.
Windows might be thrown open as well when spring arrives. You want to make sure that your loved one doesn’t forget to close them at night, especially if the temperature is set to drop overnight. Keeping warm within the home is one way to avoid serious medical problems, such as pneumonia.
When senior care is important, when spring arrives, there are a number of activities that can be done, so focus on the things that are important to your loved one, and discuss any potential projects with senior care before embarking on them.
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