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Safe Gardening Tips for Seniors

Senior Home Safety in Charlotte NC

Senior Home Safety in Charlotte NCGardening is a great activity for anyone, from children to seniors. Any senior that enjoys gardening is going to get fresh air, exercise, and will even be able to enjoy the benefits of the fruits or vegetables they grow in their garden.

Not every garden is designed to produce fruits and vegetables; some gardens are simply flower gardens that look and smell amazing. Whatever type of gardening an elderly individual takes part in, it’s a good idea to focus on safety as a major concern.

Many seniors can enjoy life to its fullest, but as they get older they will have more and more difficulty with physical tasks, including the simple act of getting up from a chair or walking down the hall. If they require a cane or walker, getting outside and walking across the uneven ground on their property can be extremely difficult.

It has the potential to lead to falls and subsequent injuries.

Inside the garden itself there can be certain hazards to be addressed as well. Here are some safe gardening tips that can be good advice for any senior, whether they have limited strength and mobility or still feel completely capable of tending to their own care.

Safe Gardening Tip #1: Rely on support.

If possible, it’s a good idea to have somebody else there with the senior. It could be a spouse, sibling, neighbor, friend, or other family member. If none of those are available, consider a home care aide.

That support system can offer physical support, can be there to lean on when needed, and may even be able to assist if the senior gets into a tricky situation.

Safe Gardening Tip #2: Pay attention to stakes.

Stakes can support many different types of plants, such as tomato plants. As those plants grow, those stakes can be difficult to see. If the senior begins losing his or her balance, they could fall on any one of the stakes and that can cause serious injuries, such as broken ribs, lacerations, and more.

Make sure the senior is always aware of where all stakes in the garden happen to be.

Safe Gardening Tip #3: Keep an eye on the weather.

The weather can change at a moment’s notice, especially during the summer when heat and humidity levels are high. The senior should be aware of any risks regarding thunderstorms, lightning, high winds, and even torrential downpours.

If they get caught out in a storm or see dark clouds rolling in and try to ignore it while they continue weeding the garden or tending to their plants, it can lead to a dangerous situation.

Weather is a powerful force and should never be taken lightly. These tips can help seniors and others stay safer while they enjoy gardening.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Charlotte, NC please contact the caring staff at BlueDot Cares. 704-586-9248

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Kevin Bilderback

Owner at BlueDot Cares
Kevin Bilderback, CEO and President of the BlueDot family of companies, founded BlueDot’s first healthcare company, BlueDot Medical, in 2002.Since then, BlueDot has become one of the fastest growing companies in America and has made Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing companies five times (http://www.inc.com/profile/bluedot-medical).Kevin attributes the growth to hiring amazing people who provide great care and inspire independence in the home.

Kevin’s passion to inspire independence has helped over 40,000 local families regain independence in the home.It was through helping these families that Kevin identified a gaping hole in the health care sector.People want to recover and age at home and current in-home care options make it hard and inefficient to do so.Families have to piece together providers for the needs of their loved ones.

Kevin founded BlueDot Cares to fix this challenge for families.BlueDot’s family of companies provides a synergy of care allowing loved ones to recover or age where they want to – at home.Families can feel comfort that their loved ones not only have the most supportive and best caregivers; but also, they will have the equipment they need to remain safe at home.

BlueDot has grown over the years because Kevin truly cares, the employees care, the referring physicians care, the current clients that refer friends and family to BlueDot CARE!BlueDot is part of the community and is honored to show the community that BlueDot cares through a corporate initiative.For every new BlueDot Cares client, a bed will be purchased for a child in need in the community.

BlueDot cares and will inspire in more ways than one!

For more information on Kevin and BlueDot, please visit his LinkedIn Page (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-bilderback-1bb3326)

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