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Holding a Summer Picnic for the Elderly

By Debbie Waddell, 10:30 am on

When warm weather arrives, many seniors love being outdoors. A picnic can be the perfect opportunity to get some fresh air and spend time with others. However, ensuring your elderly loved one safely and comfortably enjoys the event may take a little preparation. Folsom senior home care experts have a few suggestions for holding a fun summer picnic your loved one can attend.

Have a Veggie Feast

Instead of serving unhealthy foods that don’t suit your loved one’s diet, hold a picnic featuring a variety of healthier options like roasted vegetables and fresh fruits. Your loved one can even bring vegetables grown in his or her garden so the foods he or she likes to eat are readily available.

Turn a Wooden Barrel into a Table

If your loved one uses a wheelchair, it may be difficult for him or her to join everyone else at the picnic table. Find a wooden barrel that is the perfect height for someone in a wheelchair to use as a tabletop. You can position the barrel at the end of the table so your loved one feels included in the festivities.

Play Games

Though limited mobility may prevent some seniors from playing certain games, there are still plenty of activities they can enjoy at a picnic. For instance, a water balloon toss can be played even when seated and can help increase coordination. If your loved one is mobile, you can play with water guns. This activity can keep your loved one cool and make him or her feel young at heart.

Offer Hats and Sunscreen

A summer picnic can be enjoyable for seniors, but there are a few precautions they should take to prevent damage from the sun. Though most people apply sunscreen or wear a hat if they plan on being outside in the hot sun, some seniors might not remember. Offer your loved one a large hat to shield his or her face from the sun and provide sunscreen to help keep his or her skin protected.

Picnics are just one way seniors can participate in outdoor social activities. For additional suggestions, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a trusted provider of part-time and 24-hour care in Folsom, Granite Bay, and Placer County, and our caregivers are available around the clock to help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, and exercise. For more information on our elderly care services, please call one of our friendly Care Managers today at 916.226.3737.

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