It’s very important for family caregivers to follow social distancing rules. COVID-19 can affect all ages, but there are higher risks for the elderly and people with chronic health conditions. You may feel fine, but you’re social distancing to protect others not just yourself.
On National Earth Day, given the current coronavirus pandemic, it’s looking unlikely that large crowds will be allowed. How do you celebrate on April 22nd, when people will still be keeping their distance from others? These three projects help the earth without needing a gathering.
Pick-Up Trash While on Family Walks
Social distancing doesn’t mean you’re stuck inside. Go out for walks. Along the way, pick up the trash you find. Put trash in bags, recycle the plastics you find, and return cans and bottles to a redemption center.
If it’s warm enough, you can put on old sneakers and walk down a stream. Pick up trash along the way. Your kids will love being in the water and looking at fish, frogs, and other aquatic creatures while finding trash in the water.
You may find things that others have lost. If you do come across keys and other personal items, you can post those on town forums. You’ve done your part to help clean up your neighborhood, which is one of the most important Earth Day activities.
Storms and fires kill trees every year. You can help by replanting trees that help clean the air. If you have space, put in a row of shrubs or trees along part of your property lines.
Walk around your yard and see if there are trees that could use replanting. An oak that’s growing against your home should be moved before it gets too large.
One study looked at the ability of different trees to clean the air. These are the trees to consider as they did the best job at removing pollutants:
- Black alder
- Common ash
- Turkey oak
- White birch
Add Flower Gardens or Patio Planters That Provide Food for Bees
Bees populations are diminishing, and that’s bad news for people who grow crops. Without pollination of flowers, some crops won’t grow. Plant a flower garden that draws bees. Take a dead part of your yard and put in flowering thyme or clover.
Bees love black-eyed Susan, honeysuckle, lavender, mint, and sunflowers. You’ll have a colorful garden that draws bees. Plants like lavender and mint make great teas, too.
How are your parents doing during this self-isolation? Is someone able to stop by and see how they’re doing? Is someone buying and delivering groceries, making sure prescriptions are refilled, and helping them sort mail safely?
Elderly care aides help with all of that and more. With elderly care services, your parents can have someone run errands for them, check in to make sure they’re healthy and not in need of urgent care, and eating properly.