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Innovative Caregiver: Visiting a Multigenerational Community Park with Your Seniors

Caregiver in Cairo GA

Multigenerational, all-capabilities parks are becoming more popular across the country as ways for many different members of families to come together to enjoy fun, mental stimulation, and physical exercise together. These parks are designed by committees that include many different experts who contribute their knowledge of physical limitations and challenges, cognitive issues, Caregiver-Cairo-GAand social interaction to create parks that foster interaction, fun, cooperation, and benefit for everyone from the youngest of children to the oldest of adults, and the fully able-bodied to those who have more extensive limitations and challenges.

Integrating these types of community parks into your caregiver routine with your aging loved ones gives you the opportunity to enhance their physical and mental stimulation, encourage your children and parents to build meaningful relationships, and spend quality time with the different generations of your family so you feel less like caring for one set takes time away from the other.


Some of the ways that you can use a multigenerational community park as an effective and beneficial element of your caregiver journey with your aging loved ones and your children include:

• Visit during lower times. These parks are designed to welcome a huge range of people, but that means they are often crowded. Simplify the excursion and make it more enjoyable, and less stressful, for all of you by visiting during one of the lower-attendance times. These are usually during the weekdays and on Sunday mornings;

• Explore together first. Instead of just letting your children and parents run loose in the park, take a few minutes to explore the entire park together first. This lets you identify equipment and features your children and your parents definitely want to experience, and find important amenities such as water fountains and restrooms. Once you all feel comfortable, establish a meeting place and agree that if you call out your children’s names, they will immediately go to the meeting place;

• Indulge the senses. While these parks are amazing for getting your aging loved ones and your children physically active, they also often feature sensory stations that stimulate their minds. These are fantastic for those who have sensory sensitivities, but can also be a fun break from running around and using the other equipment. These sensory stations usually feature texture walls or tables for you to touch various different textures, water features that stimulate the sense of touch and the sense of hearing, and musical areas to create your own notes;

• Refuel. Do not let focusing on having fun distract you from making sure that your elderly loved ones and your children stay safe and healthy during their day at the park. Pack plenty of water in reusable water bottles so you can refill at the water fountain, as well as non-perishable snacks to give them a boost in the middle of their play. Think simple, easy cleanup options such as whole fruits, natural energy bars, and peanut butter sandwiches on whole grain bread for energy without the hassle.


If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Cairo, GA, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552 , (GA) 229-236-5552.  Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia


Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.