What can I do to make gardening outdoors safe for my senior parents?
My grandmother loved gardening. These are what I’ve learned through my own experience, helping her:
• Have raised beds built for them and provide a reasonable amount of plants and handy equipment.
• Make sure they have their cell phones when out working in the yard.
• Consider smooth level paths that will not impede the use of a rolling scooter, a walker, wheelchair, or electric scooter.
• Seniors dehydrate quickly and are subject to heatstroke; big-brimmed hats or a wet scarf around the neck is a good idea too.
• Have a care alert system in place if they fall so that their next-of-kin or a medical emergency team can assist them if their situation becomes desperate.
• A pendant or wrist band, especially with a “declination,” is easier to operate even if stunned by the fall.
• Introduce flower pot gardening, container gardening, or wall gardening to them.
• Buy sunscreen, breathable long-sleeve shirts, gloves, insect repellants, and water bottles.
• Install handrails from their back or/and front door.