Spring 2024 Gardening Tips for Seniors

Gardening is a fantastic hobby for those who are retired or elderly. Gardening helps to get you outdoors, keeps you active, and is a relaxing, enjoyable pastime. In fact, various age groups within the United Kingdom were surveyed on whether they enjoyed gardening, and the age group with the most respondents who stated they enjoyed gardening was 55 and older, with 51.42%.*

As of 20th March, it was officially spring in the UK, and we could not be happier with warmer days and brighter evenings. There is no better time to get back into gardening than now, particularly if your garden looks unloved after months of high winds and heavy rain.

But before you start, we have some tips to help the elderly get back into gardening after a long winter.

Top gardening tips for the elderly:

Start off slowly

Your mobility may have reduced during the winter months, so it is important to take your time. Gardening can be a physical strain, so there is no rush to do everything in one day. We suggest you plan what you want to achieve daily and build up to the more physically demanding gardening tasks. You may also benefit from some light stretching beforehand.

Consider raised beds

If you struggle with back or knee pain, you might want to consider raised flower beds, window sill boxes, and hanging baskets so that you do not have to bend down and kneel for long periods. You can still achieve a beautiful garden and enjoy gardening without putting strain on your body.

Choose low-maintenance plants

Some plants require more maintenance than others, so if you are looking for a garden that does not need much ongoing attention, you might want to consider low-maintenance plants and flowers that are easy to grow and look after and tolerant of difficult environments. You might even consider sprinkles or a water system to help.

Wear your telecare device while in the garden

A telecare device can be a great way to continue to enjoy gardening as you age, particularly if you are less mobile and worried about falling or injuring yourself. With a telecare device on your wrist or around your neck, you can maintain your independence and be confident that if you are in the garden and need help, that help is at the click of a button.

Adapted tools and equipment

There are a lot of companies that supply gardening tools and equipment that are specifically designed for the elderly or those with a disability in mind. These can be particularly helpful when you want to continue to enjoy gardening and just need slightly adapted equipment to suit you.

Avoid the heat

The weather in spring is beautiful, with sunshine and a light breeze and is perfect gardening weather. It is important to remember that the sun can be strong, particularly at peak times in the afternoon, so remember to wear sun cream and a hat and stay hydrated.

Our telecare packages are perfect for when you are home or out and about. Our Digital Lifeline & Pendant Package has a pendant that can be worn around the neck for ease of access or discreetly on the wrist, like a watch – either way, the push button is simple to use and will alert the 24/7 monitoring centre instantly. A strong speaker system enables you to speak almost anywhere in your home.

If you like to go outside often, then our Mobile Watch Package is for you. This watch has an inbuilt, easy-touch SOS button, which, when linked to our monitoring centre, can raise an alarm anywhere you go – indoors or outdoors. It also has many other lifestyle features you can enjoy, such as a step counter to challenge yourself and others to individual goals, including steps achieved, distance covered and calories burned.

For more information on our telecare packages, get in touch.

E: hello@redbuttontelecare.co.uk 

T: 0800-0086277

W: https://redbuttontelecare.co.uk/ 

* Statista Research Department

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