Spring Activities For Housebound Seniors

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We don’t know about you, but we were sure excited that we have reached the first day of spring!

It feels like everything is renewed and fresh once springtime comes around. Our batteries get recharged and our bucket lists get filled up with all the projects and warm weather fun that we just can’t wait to get started on.

At Home Instead Senior Care serving Central Oregon we love to witness the effect this time of year has on many of the seniors with whom we work. All the more so when they have lots of seasonal activities planned.

Even for seniors who aren’t able to leave their homes, there are plenty of ways to share the smiles of the season. If your senior lives in a nursing home, you may be able to get permission from the management to hang or place a few items just outside their window where they can enjoy them from their chair or bed.

• Get your hands dirty: Many seniors enjoy gardening but may not have the physical ability, or the space, to cultivate their flowers and veggies the way they used to do. Container gardening is a great solution. All it takes is some soil, a few seeds and a sunny spot (plus a pot and water, of course) and your senior can enjoy nature’s bounty all spring and summer long.

• Feed the birds: Birdsong is one of the first pleasures of spring and a lovely, relaxing sound throughout the day. A well-placed bird feeder and/or bird bath can attract these musical guests right to your senior’s window.

• Rites of spring: Whether it’s eating piping fresh hot cross buns, watching baseball or even spring cleaning, we all have our traditions that we look forward to every year. Help your senior remember their favorite spring rituals by staging an Easter egg hunt that they can participate in (even if participation is just pointing); talking or reading about their favorite ways to enjoy the outdoors or switching out their winter bedding for something lighter and brighter.

• Craft a plan: Look on Pinterest and crafting blogs for easy spring crafts. Last time we counted, there were approximately 10,792 – and most of them didn’t require too many materials that you don’t have around the house already. Doing a project together not only gives you a nice way to spend time with your senior, it gives them a keepsake to make the room cheery after you leave.

For more information about caring for seniors, please contact: 541-330-6400.


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