Spring is in the air, and we are naturally inclined to spend more time outdoors, replenishing our Vitamin D stores after the dark Canadian winter. There is no substitute for the fresh air of the great outdoors and the warmth of the sun. Being outside revitalises us, and is essential to physical and emotional health. But when someone loses their mobility due to illness or injury, it becomes far more difficult to head outside, and days roll by without stepping foot out into the sun.
Just because you can’t go for your normal exercise routine, doesn’t mean it’s no longer worth going outside. In fact, it is even more important as health and motivation wane.
The use of a wheelchair, walker, or crutches may limit how far and where you go, but are essential to empowering a disabled senior to have their own mobility. A carer or family member can also help, and this is great social time for a senior.
Try it Outside
There are plenty of day-to-day activities that can easily be moved outside (weather permitting) if you have access to a patio or deck. Reading, eating, and socialising, are all vastly improved when moved outside.
Crack a Window
If going outside really is too hard, opening a window can still provide that freshening air and feel of being outside.
If you are venturing into the great outdoors with a senior, remember to be extra prepared for the weather with umbrellas, blankets, water, snacks, and any first aid supplies or emergency requirements.