Gardening is a rewarding and beautiful pastime that holds a wealth of mental and physical benefits. According to AgeUK, Limitations on Activities of Daily Living (LADL (Including mobility)), affect 40% of older people aged 60, and 75% of those aged 80 and above. The disability is severe for 20% of older people aged 60 and 50% of those aged 80 and above.
For those with mobility issues, gardening can be problematic, but there are some things you can do to make life easier both for keen gardeners and beginners alike.
Layout, paths, tools, and choice of plant are all important factors when considering a garden for those with mobility issues.
Preparation is key to success and having a garden set out in a particular way can help to maximise efficiency and take care of yourself.
Not every garden is big enough for a path, but for those that are using walking frames or wheelchairs, they’re an important feature to consider.
People have been utilising tools to make jobs easier since time began. A tool exists for almost every facet of gardening and can make a huge difference to the difficult jobs. There are simply too many for us to mention in this article, however here is a list of five that stand out:
For a comprehensive list of gardening tools that can be handy for those with mobility issues or other disabilities, check out CarryOnGardening’s list of tools/equipment. It allows you to find tools based on disability or gardening activity, which means you can find a specific tool to assist with a task you find difficult.
When considering which plants to choose, go for ones that are easy to grow and don’t need much maintenance. Avoid fast growing plants that require lots of pruning and make sure they’re suitable for the conditions of the garden.
As a starting point, here are five easy to grow and maintain plants that will make any garden look beautiful:
If you’re unsure about what to grow or how, then be sure to ask someone at the garden centre for more information.
Many people choose Radfield Home Care’s services for companionship, helping them to engage in activities they find enjoyable. Radfield Care Professional’s can assist those you care about to navigate the garden, prepare meals and keep hydrated. Radfield prides itself on promoting independence and independent living for those who need care.
If you would like to find out more about Radfield Home Care and how you can join the team, you can visit www.radfieldhomecare.co.uk or contact your local office.
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