As a little girl, I remember many summers helping my grandparents plant the garden. Grandpa would use the very old front tine rototiller to get the soil ready. After that we would unwind the string from two sticks and Grandpa would hold one end, I the other, and one of us would move left or right to make a straight line across. Once these we secure, I’d take the hoe and follow along that string to dig a row to plant the seeds. Out came the little brown bag that we’d get from Farm and Home that had our corn kernels. By holding a handful of them in my hand, I’d go along and drop seeds every few inches. What great memories of those days!
According to the National Gardening Association, gardening is America’s favorite leisure outdoor activity. At just about any age, gardening outdoors stimulates all of the senses; connects us with nature and with each other; rewards us with flowers and edible fruits and vegetables.
Gardening can be an excellent moderate-intensity aerobic workout for our aging bodies. Not only can we shed calories but also remain flexible. There is no question that bending, lifting, squatting, weeding, kneeling and pruning all become more difficult as we get older. Many people give up things like gardening as they get older because of the difficulty in getting around or out of fear that they may fall. Preferred Care at Home has an affordable and enjoyable solution.
Gardening is just one of the many benefits that a senior has while remaining in their home. With a service such as Preferred Care at Home, assistance with gardening, meal preparation, dress and hygiene assist, medication reminders and transportation can be provided to the senior.
At Preferred Care at Home, our caregivers come alongside of our seniors and assist them with the things that once were easily enjoyed and bring back the happiness that gardening or whatever activity brings to them. Asking for help is not easy. We understand and we want to be there for you, by your side, every step of the way. When choosing a home care agency, one choice stands above all else. Here at Preferred Care at Home, if you are not happy, neither are we! “Celebrating life, dignity and independence.”
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