If you are responsible for the elderly care of a loved one, you might be looking for ways to get them up and active and out of the house. Gardening is a great way to do this, as it is both fun and relaxing for everyone involved.
Gardening can be a bit difficult on the elderly at times, though, with all of the bending and crouching and leaning over. It can also be tough on seniors with arthritis, who find it painful to grip their gardening tools.
Luckily, though, there are solutions to all of these things. Here are some gardening tips that can help both you and your loved one enjoy gardening outside, regardless of any medical conditions your loved one might have.
- Special tools – Many people have arthritis, and thusly, many companies make gardening tools to make gardening easier for these people! There are many tools available with special handles that make them easier for arthritis sufferers to grasp. They also come with handles that are bent at an angle so that your loved one doesn’t have to bend their wrist in order to dig or use a trowel. In addition to tools, you can also get special gloves for arthritis suffers, which help them to grasp things better, and with less pain.
- Raised garden – Kneeling in the dirt and constantly bending over to garden can be a pain for anyone. Creating a raised garden bed, though, can take the kneeling and the bending out of gardening by giving your loved one a place to sit while they work. You can buy already-made garden boxes at stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s, or you can make your own out of wood. You can make them just a box filled with soil, so that your loved one can sit beside it and garden without too much bending, or you can even make it in such a way that the sides of the box provide a place for them to sit. It is up to you!
- Seats – In addition to the above tools and modifications, there are also special cushioned seats you can buy for your loved one that can make gardening easier by allowing them to swivel instead of having to keep getting up and down to move to different places. (This is something you might even want to borrow to use yourself!)
- Vertical Garden – If in-ground gardening is still too difficult with these other tips, don’t worry! There are still other solutions. If your loved one can’t bend over, consider building a vertical garden on the side of the house. You can buy the framework for one at a store, or you can do some research online to find out how to make your own. The goal is, though, to create a garden that grows vertically instead of horizontally, so that your loved one can tend to it without sitting or squatting or bending over.
With these tips, the elderly loved one you care for is sure to have a much better time working in the yard. Happy gardening!