Posted on Oct 14, 2013
Fall is here! I was out and about this weekend and all around Reno and Sparks the leaves are changing colors and just starting to fall. As beautiful as the oranges and the reds look, leaves on the ground can become a burden – and even a danger. When you get ready to pull out the rake and broom, keep these safety tips in mind, especially if your aging loved one is helping:
Dress the part – Make sure you and your loved one wear lightweight clothes that keep you warm enough without trapping sweat you may build up.
The right tools – Make sure you are buying the best tools for the job. While lighter tools are also cheaper, they tend to require more energy to use which can lead to injury and overexertion.
Warm up – It may not feel like much at the time, but raking leaves can be a workout! Walk around and stretch beforehand to prepare your body for strenuous activity.
Many of our clients really enjoy still doing their own yard work but it is also worrisome to their family that they may fall or injure themselves while doing so. Remember, you want to let seniors participate as much as they can for as long as they can. Participation gives everyone purpose!
If you’re concerned that your loved one may be outside doing fall yard work when you’re not available, offer to have a companion spend some time assisting them. A companion caregiver can be the one to do some of the heavy lifting that is a concern. Your loved one can still feel that they are capable and you will have an extra set of eyes on them, keeping them safe when you are not able to be there.
If your loved one is no longer able to get outside and enjoy the fall colors make sure to bring them a collection of beautiful fall leaves the next time you visit. It is sure to bring a smile to their face and give you both the opportunity to reminisce about this beautiful season and things about their life they enjoyed with their family each fall.
Remember we are available to assist with as much or as little as you need. If your love one needs a few hours of assistance with fall clean up let us know we would be happy to help!