Spring is here and that means avid gardeners are looking forward to planting this year’s crop, so they can enjoy fruits, vegetables and flowers. Gardening is a three-season hobby and can be as intensive or simple as the aging adult wants. Elderly adults who like gardening or even seniors seeking a new hobby, should think about doing container gardening, the practice of growing plants in containers or raised beds.
Not only is it ideal for elderly adults with physical limitations, but it can be done in a smaller space that a garden would take up. Even seniors with severe physical limitations that require constant care from family caregivers or elder care providers can enjoy some container gardening.
Basics of Container Gardening
Seniors who can no longer kneel, bend or twist won’t be able to work a traditional garden, but container gardens bring the soil and plants up to the aging adult’s level. Containers are generally considered to be self-contained spaces such as large pots, half barrels, hanging baskets, small pots and raised beds. Seniors can plant all kinds of things in containers that are up off the ground, making it easy for them to plant, tend and harvest. Aging adults with container gardens don’t have to bend, lift, or kneel, and the containers can even be accessed by wheelchairs if needed. Family caregivers and elder care providers can help with any aspect of container gardening that seniors might struggle with.
Container gardening doesn’t require as much weeding, watering and otherwise tending that traditional gardens take. Also, container gardens work well in small spaces, fitting nicely on a back patio, front porch or going just into the yard. They only need to be located in a space where elderly adults can easily access them and preferably in a place that gets adequate sun for the plants to grow. Aging adults can grow any number of items successfully in container gardens, regardless of their mobility levels.
Getting Seniors Ready for Container Gardens
The best part about container gardens is that it doesn’t take much to get started. Family caregivers and elder care providers can take seniors to the garden or home improvement store for everything. The basics include proper containers that are best suited for the senior’s abilities. Each container should have proper drainage and be filled with enriched potting soil for gardening.
Some of the best fruits and for container gardening include tomatoes, beans, carrots, onions, lettuce, herbs, strawberries, blueberries, and cucumbers. Flowers that are ideal for containers include zinnia, petunias, marigolds, begonias, roses and geraniums. Seniors will need gardening gloves, basic tools like trowels and watering cans, and even a sturdy stool or chair.
With the help of family caregivers and elder care providers, aging adults who spend a lot of time at home can find reasons to get outside and stay active with container gardening. Not only does gardening engage the body through physical ability, but it stimulates the mind as well. Family caregivers and elder care providers can help seniors find great rewards with container gardening.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Whiting, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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