As the weather warms up, there are a lot more things that you and your senior might want to do outside. Make sure that you’re both protected from heat and sun, including trying some of these activities during the cooler parts of the day rather than at the height of the heat.
Start a Garden Together
Gardening is a great way to build strength and stamina. It has the added benefit of providing tasty foods, if your garden includes edible plants. Whether your senior is physically able to help garden or not, this is an activity that you can engage in together. Let your senior help with whatever she’s able and willing to do. Spend the time talking and enjoying being outside.
Take Regular Walks with the Help of Homecare Aides
Walking is fantastic exercise, both for you and for your senior. Even if she uses a walker or a wheelchair, you can take a walk together. Keep her limitations in mind and use that time together to talk and to enjoy being outside together. These walks don’t have to be long at all for you both to get positive benefits.
Set up Some Bird Feeders
If your elderly family member’s mobility is greatly reduced, there are still ways for her to enjoy being outside. One really exciting way to do so is to set up multiple types of bird feeders with different types of seeds. That’s going to attract a lot of different varieties of birds, who all do unique and amazing things. Even if you and your senior simply sit outside and watch the birds, that’s still an enjoyable way to be out in the fresh air.
Explore Community Activities
Many communities have activities planned for warmer weather that allow for social distancing and safe fun. It might be a good idea to explore those different options that are available near your elderly family member and see what is appealing to her. When she’s feeling up to more involved activities, take advantage of that opportunity.
Some of these activities might be ones you want to do more often with your senior but aren’t able to, for one reason or another. That doesn’t mean your senior can’t, though, especially with the help of homecare providers. They can help your elderly family member to safely engage in outside activities during the day, and then you and your senior can talk about what she saw and experienced.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Lake Forest IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.