This winter has been quite cold and if the snow has been wearing on you and your senior loved one, now is the perfect time to set your sights on spring. Grand Rapids Home Care Assistance offers these exciting ideas for making the most of this magical season.
Create an Indoor Herb Garden
Even if snow is still drifting on your window, you can create an indoor herb garden with your elderly relative. You can use herbs for tea, healing, aromatherapy, and jazzing up food. A sunny windowsill is ideal since to grow well, herbs need at least six hours of bright light. Southern exposure will give the best results, but windows facing east and west will also work. To get the indoor garden growing, select pots that are at least 4 inches wide and have drainage holes, use prepared “potting mix,” and select easy-to-grow herbs like basil, bay leaf, chives, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme.
Check Out the Library
Libraries typically have a host of springtime activities. They may provide bus trips to museums, botanic gardens, historic sites, plays, and shows, or feature movies, concerts, and book discussions. Some libraries offer health screenings and seminars, walking tours, or classes in computers, art, and exercise. You can go to your local library’s website to see the activities offered. You may be delightfully surprised with all that is available!
Visit a Botanic or Community Garden
Visiting a botanic garden is an exciting way to experience spring in all its glory. Gardens are designed to showcase a succession of blooming plants, and the splendor of spring will unfold with weekly changes in color and growth. A botanic garden will typically feature a wheelchair-accessible greenhouse and paved paths. A gift shop is another highlight, offering garden memorabilia such as books, clothing, and home decor. Some botanic gardens also host concerts.
Become a Member of a Senior Center
Senior Centers provide outstanding opportunities for their members. For a small annual fee, your senior loved one will have access to an expansive support system and resource center. Senior centers typically offer trips, speakers, movies, and discussion groups. A full complement of classes may be offered including arts, crafts, swimming, stretching, strengthening, yoga, and tai chi. Other common activities include walking, potlucks and parties. Seniors may gather to play games, such as bingo, cards, dominoes, and boxed favorites, and lunch is often served for a nominal fee. Some centers provide round trip transportation for their members.
To hear about other fun and senior-friendly springtime activities, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Although we are experts in Grand Rapids live-in care, we also offer reliable part-time care as well. Our caregivers can help your senior loved one welcome spring with open arms by providing transportation and companionship, and assisting with things like grocery shopping and basic housework. Give us a call today at (616) 243-0835.