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Best Ways for Seniors with Limited Mobility to Enjoy the Outdoors

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on

There are many health benefits to staying active at all ages. Therefore, it is important to make sure your elderly loved one gets some active time outside, even if he or she has limited mobility and is receiving home care in Warren. Try a few of these fun outdoor activities.

Yard Games

Seniors who use wheelchairs or canes can still participate in many great yard games. Depending on your loved one’s level of mobility, some yard games can help him or her be active without stressing the body too much. Look into beanbag or ring tosses to help your loved one get his or her arms moving and help focus eyesight. Providing a grabber can help your loved one retrieve the thrown objects to try again. For seniors who have a little more mobility, consider activities like croquet, which allows for slow movement and time for a break but is still a fun physical challenge.

Fishing

Fishing can be a very fun and rewarding activity for both seniors who can stand and those who use wheelchairs. This activity can allow your loved one to continue practicing agile motions with his or her hands by handling the line, tying knots, and removing the fish. It is also a great group activity, and bringing along other seniors or a Warren hourly caregiver can create the perfect opportunity for socialization.

Picnics

For seniors who can walk, a short stroll in a park or even around the block can be a nice precursor to a picnic lunch. If your loved one is in a wheelchair, pushing him or her around the park mayoffer a chance to see more of the area than usual. After the short walk, put out lunch or supper on a picnic table or, if your loved one is able to get up and down easily, the old-fashioned way with a blanket on the ground. Eating outside can be a pleasant way for seniors to reconnect with the environment and enjoy nice weather and sunshine.

To ensure your loved one has the opportunity to stay mobile and enjoy the outdoors, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer part-time and 24-hour care Warren families trust, and our caregivers can assist your loved one with mobility and exercise, provide transportation, and help with a variety of tasks around the house. For more information, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 908.450.9400 to schedule a free in-home consultation.