Summer is a great time for seniors to go on some outings and day trips to enjoy the nice weather and get the benefits of socializing and being outdoors. If you live far away from your senior parent and you can’t always go with them on outings companion care at home providers for seniors is a good alternative. With companion care at home your senior parent will always have a friend they can rely on to go with them to see movies, go on day trips, and participate in other activities. During the summer when the weather is nice some great ideas for senior outings and day trips are:
Almost every city has some type of public garden or botanical garden with acres of stunning flower and herb gardens, topiaries, aviaries, and more. Often these gardens highlight native local plant species and provide detailed information about the flora and fauna that can be found in the area. If your senior loved one likes gardening and is interested in plants a day at the botanical garden can be a great outing. And in most botanical gardens there are plenty of paved flat walkways that are easy for seniors to walk on, even if they use a walker or cane. There are also lots of benches scattered around so seniors can sit if they need to take a short rest.
Another fun summer outing for seniors is attending a concert or play outdoors. Most cities offer lots of free concerts or plays held outdoors in local venues like parks or in city squares. Some of these are offered in the evenings but some are held during the middle of the day so that more people can come. If your senior loved one is going to a concert or play during the day make sure that they wear a hat, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing for the temperature. That way they can enjoy the entertainment safely without having to worry about heat stroke or getting sunburned.
Picnics Prepared by Companion Care at Home Aides
Summer picnics are always a lot of fun. Whether it’s just eating lunch in the backyard or an actual picnic at a park or campground nearby getting outdoors to eat is always a good time. And with a companion to pack up the food and make sure that there are drinks, food, and other essentials your senior loved one will be able to just relax and enjoy the fun without having to worry about arranging the picnic. If you live nearby you could join your senior parent for a picnic on your lunch break.
There are some big health benefits that come from spending time in nature. Your senior parent can reap those benefits on a summer nature walk. The city’s department of parks and recreation should have maps and suggestions for parks, nature trails, and other city or state wilderness areas where the walking is gentle and safe enough for seniors to get in a nice outdoor walk.