Worried that your parent is trying to do too much outside and might fall, resulting in a serious injury? Wonder how you can continue to handle the regular yard tasks, even taking out the trash, when you're having a harder time moving around?
The first step in any Elderyarding® design is a careful audit of the yard to identify hazards and features that make it hard for an older adult to remain independent. Often minor changes such as lever faucets and electric hose reels are easy adaptations that allow homeowners to continue outdoor tasks on their own. Further suggestions might include changes in lighting, reconstruction of steps and pathways, addition of attractive appropriate handrails, new ergonomic tools, better seating, and replacement of hard-to-maintain plants.
A stable surface underfoot, the right lighting, perhaps a resting spot or an occasional support - when these are fine-tuned for the user's balance, gait, and eyesight, chores like taking out the garbage, filling the birdbath or moving the garden sprinkler are easier and safer.
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Homeowners associations can sometimes have restrictive covenants that create safety problems for older homeowners or that make wayfinding and memory support difficult. Second Summer™ can assist in educating HOA boards about the unintentional results of these requirements.
Ready to take steps for greater safety and independence outdoors? Call Second Summer™ now - 512.917.5758 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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