Spring is in the air. Even though we are still mired in winter and some parts of the country have seen a tremendous amount of snowfall, the warmer months are just a few weeks away. March is going to see warming temperatures, even though it still may be freezing and we can still see some serious snowfall across much of the northern portion of the country.
However, winter will eventually give way to spring and that means people will be spending more and more time outside. For seniors, safety should always be a top priority, whether they remain within the comfort of their home or wish to go outside. It’s a good idea to think about outdoor safety for seniors to help keep them safe and also encourage them to be as active as they want to be outdoors.
Check the grounds.
Once all the snow melts check the property. You might need to hire a maintenance crew to come in and clean the lawn or have a family gathering where everyone brings rakes, tarps, and other devices to clean up the sticks, leaves, and other debris that may have fallen since last autumn.
Consider the balance of the elderly individual.
If the senior has difficulty maintaining their balance, even a small hole or dip in the ground can lead to a devastating fall. If they have difficulty with their mobility indoors on a flat surface, it’s going to be exacerbated if they have a desire to go outside and spend some time walking around the property.
That doesn’t mean they can’t do it, but make sure they have a walker, cane, or physical support of another individual to keep them from falling over.
Discuss hiring home care services.
If the senior does not rely on home care aides or other providers, now is the time to encourage them to do so. By relying on an experienced caregiver, this elderly individual can do some gardening, go for walks, and be more active outdoors this year than they might have been in the past.
They should always be encouraged to participate in activities.
Whatever the senior wants to do, within reason, they should be encouraged to pursue those activities. Whether it’s playing golf, going for a walk in the park, feeding the birds, or even gardening, those activities can provide an incredible physical and emotional benefit that can’t be measured on any spreadsheet.