Keeping your parent safe is one of the most important things you do as a family caregiver. While there are many things you do in their home and with their direct care that are aimed at protecting their safety, one thing you might not immediately think about is taking care of their lawn. Your parent’s outdoor surroundings are more than just appealing from the outside of their home. Their lawn can be a wonderful place for them to enjoy the sensory stimulation of nature, spend time with friends and family, and get more physical activity. For them to take advantage of these benefits, however, the space needs to be secure and safe, which is where proper regular lawn care can come into play.
Use these lawn care tips to keep your senior’s surroundings safe and encourage them to spend more time outside:
● Avoid leaving any type of lawn care implement in the lawn. This includes rakes, spades, the hose, a sprinkler, and more. These can create tripping hazards and lead to injury
● Carefully go over the lawn to find any areas that are uneven or that have holes your parent might stumble in. Fill these in or find a way to cover them so they are not dangerous
● If your parent has lawn features, they like to enjoy, such as a gazebo, pond, cooking area, hammock, or favorite tree to sit under, make sure the path to that feature is clear and easy to use. Creating an actual walkway with pavers or bricks can be especially beneficial for an elderly adult with mobility issues
● When cutting the lawn, do not leave cut grass and other debris on the walkways. This can be very slippery and potentially lead to your parent losing slipping and falling
Keeping your aging parent safe might be more than just being with them during the day or helping them create and maintain a home that is free from extensive hazards. For some elderly adults, nighttime can present a variety of dangers and it isn’t safe for them to be alone. As a family caregiver, you need to be able to get the sleep your body requires, which is why awake and alert home care can be invaluable. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your parent through their evening routine and throughout the night to help them deal with challenges and issues, supervise to manage wandering tendencies, and respond quickly to situations to keep your parent safer and help you rest easier.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Tallahassee, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552.Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.
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