Fall can be the perfect time of the year for older adults to get out and enjoy some fresh air. True, temperatures are turning a bit colder, but not so cold that they have to bundle up to set foot outdoors. And, now that it’s not so hot, the air isn’t swarming with mosquitoes. Even when a rainy fall day keeps your aging relative inside, there are lots of activities they can enjoy in the fall. If you know a senior who is looking for something to do this fall, here are 5 fall activities that an elder care provider can help them to do.
#1: Go on a Fall Nature Walk
One of the best ways to celebrate the turn of the season is by getting outside to see the fall colors. Of course, for older adults with mobility problems, a fall walk may not be so easy. An elder care provider can walk with them to prevent them from falling or otherwise injuring themselves. To make the walk a little more fun, create a list of things they might see or collect while walking, such as leaves of different colors, acorns, or other common fall items. An elder care provider can help them to look for the objects and carry them home where they could be used to create a fall display.
#2: Plant Perennial Bulbs
Gardening is a great form of physical activity that an elder care provider can help your aging relative to enjoy into the fall months. While the time for growing vegetables and summer flowers has ended, it is now time to plant perennial bulbs that will sprout in the spring. Elder care providers can help by digging the holes or carrying heavy tools or watering cans.
#3: Bake Fall Treats
On cold, rainy fall days there’s nothing better than filling the house with the scent of delicious fall-themed treats. Elder care providers can assist your aging relative to bake pumpkin pies, apple pies, pumpkin shaped sugar cookies, or any other treat they enjoy.
#4: Fall Festivals
Many communities hold festivals during the fall. If your aging relative has been unable to attend their favorite fall festival recently because of health issues, an elder care provider can help them to get out and join in the fun. Elder care providers can drive them to the festival activities, walk with them or push their wheelchair, and help them safely navigate the crowds.
#5: Fall Crafts
Elder care can assist seniors who enjoy crafting to make new fall decorations for their homes or to give as gifts. An elder care provider can drive them to the store to purchase supplies, then help them with steps of the activity that may be difficult, such as threading a needle or cutting fabric.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Dulles, VA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands today. (703) 982-0050.