Gardening is a great way to get outside and experience the outdoors in a meaningful and fulfilling way. Flowers and plants can bring a lot of joy to your life and it’s a great activity to start doing once the weather gets nice that doesn’t put too much strain on your body plus it can help soothe your mind. That being said, there are some precautions that you should take before you start gardening this spring.
Make sure that you fall-proof the garden. At Renaissance, our wonderful care providers have already done this for you or your loved one but it’s still good to keep an eye out for anything that they might have missed. Make sure that you are aware of any stumps or uneven pathways that might be in your gardening area. Make sure to put back all your gardening tools when you’re done for the day to avoid falling or tripping over them the next time you’re out. Make clear pathways to wherever you’re trying to go in the garden. By ensure your pathways is clear to walk on, you can easily avoid unnecessary trips and falls that could result in serious injury.
Always make sure to keep a cellphone with you with you are out working in the garden. Make sure to keep a cellphone with you in case of any emergencies. Let a family member or friend know that you are going to be out gardening in addition to having a cellphone on you. That way, if you need any help or if you fall or hurt yourself help is only a phone call away. Make sure that you have a first aid kit prepared for any emergencies, too.
Last, don’t be afraid to ask someone for help if you need it! Remember that you may not be able to do everything that you were able to do while you were younger and that is a-okay. That is why there are nurses at Renaissance and grandchildren for your home! It’s okay to say, “I can’t reach that” or “I don’t feel comfortable getting up on that ladder anymore.” Nothing is worth potentially falling or hurting yourself for out in the garden. If you hurt yourself- you won’t be able to garden! So always keep that in mind when you’re out there.
As long as you are cautious of your surroundings and aware of what you need to do to prevent injury while gardening, it can be a great addition to your daily activities as the weather gets better. Try teaching your grandchildren about the flowers and plants that you’re working with, too!