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5 Tips on Container Gardening for Elderly Adults

Caregivers in Willingboro NJ: 5 Tips on Container Gardening for Elderly Adults

Caregivers in Willingboro NJ: 5 Tips on Container Gardening for Elderly Adults

Gardening is a popular hobby for young and old, but it is a lot of hard work, too. When elderly adults struggle with physical limitations, they don’t get the chance to garden like they used to. As they become more dependent on family caregivers and home care assistance, it can he harder and harder for seniors to find hobbies that they can enjoy. That’s why container gardening may be the perfect thing for elderly adults.

But what is container gardening and why is it so good for seniors? Container gardening is basically growing all kinds of vegetables, herbs and flowers in containers like pots, buckets, baskets, table planters and window boxes. Because the containers are off the ground, this lets seniors reach the soil and plants easier. It’s easier to plant, weed and water, so they can still enjoy gardening without the strain. Family caregivers can help their aging relatives set up a container garden and reap the physical and emotional benefits.

Here are 5 tips on container gardening for elderly adults that family caregivers and senior care assistants should know.

1. Pick the Right Containers

Almost anything can become a good container for a plant, if it has good drainage. From inexpensive terracotta pots and plastic buckets to pretty glazed pots, half barrels, tubs and table-style raised beds, containers should meet the elderly person’s physical limitations.

2. Select the Best Location

Unlike traditional gardens, container gardens don’t have to be relegated to the corner of the yard. Containers can live on a sunny porch or patio, along the driveway or within a flower bed. The elderly person should be able to get to the containers easily, or with help from a family caregiver of home care aide.

3. Choose the Right Plants

There are many easy-to-grow plants that thrive in containers. Common vegetable choices include tomatoes, peppers, carrots, lettuce, onions, radishes, and eggplants. Popular herbs include basil, chives, thyme, parsley and fennel. Even fruit like strawberries, raspberries, watermelon and currants can be grown in a container.

4. Follow Senior Safety Rules

Elderly adults can spend a lot of time gardening, but they should not be overstressed. The hot sun can burn their skin and they can easily get dehydrated. Home care aides should ensure that the senior wears sunblock and a wide-brimmed hat to protect them. Plenty of water will prevent dehydration. If the elderly person seems heat-stressed, they should take a break.

5. Share the Hobby With Others

Gardening is ideal for spending time with family members and friends. Working together toward a common goal is a fine bonding experience and gives seniors and family members a chance to share with each other. Of course, sharing the harvest is the best part of gardening and the success will boost the elderly person’s self-esteem greatly.

Container gardening is a wonderful opportunity for an elderly relative to participate in a hobby despite their lack of mobility or strength. Family caregivers and home care aides can support the elderly person as they have fun with container gardening.

Source:

https://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/container-gardening-tips/slide/3

If you or an aging loved-one are considering caregivers in Willingboro, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.

Patti Maltese and Kelly McCabe

Founders, and Co-Owners at TLC Home Care Services
Patti is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC and has been in the staffing industry for many years both as an Office manager, recruiter, client specialist, and sales rep. She has previously staffed nurses for the state of NJ in state facilities and currently maintains her CHHA license to date. She has a Bachelors Degree in Communications and oversees the daily operations of TLC. She recently graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10KSB program for business owners in Phila. and the relationships and knowledge from that program has helped her to take TLC to the next level in multiple ways. She is a mother to 2 daughters and a grandmother to 2 girls as well.She resides in Mt. Laurel and loves advocating for seniors and has performed in “Dancing with The Cherry Hill Stars” fundraiser for education.

Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.

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