Many Seniors Enjoy Container Gardening

Elder Care in Clifton NJ: Many Seniors Enjoy Container Gardening

Gardening is a pleasurable activity that many people find both relaxing and rewarding. There’s no age limit, so many people continue to garden even into their golden years. However, when elderly adults become dependent on a family caregiver and elder care assistants to help with their daily needs, it usually means they aren’t able to do much gardening anymore due to physical limitations. The digging, bending, stooping, kneeling and lifting are often just too much for them.

However, with container gardening, elderly adults of all abilities can continue to grow vegetables, fruits and flowers. Even elderly adults that have never gardened before can pick up on this new hobby. They just need some help from family caregivers and elder care aides to get started.

Container gardening is growing certain plants in containers and raised beds. Instead of large plots of land dedicated to a garden, container gardens can range from a few large pots to planter boxes that are waist high. It’s ideal for those with limited mobility because they can have garden brought up to their level and within their reach. Family caregivers and elder care aides simply need to assess the elderly person’s abilities and choose the right kind of containers.

The advantage of container gardens is that the elderly person can manage them more easily and there is minimal effort involved. Even seniors in wheelchairs and walkers can enjoy this type of gardening due to the convenience and adaptability of container gardens. Among the many benefits are that the planters can be in easily accessible places, such as on a porch, deck or balcony so the elderly adult doesn’t have to go far.

Containers make easy-to-manage areas for plants with significantly less weeds and work. There are many different choices of plants to use, with some that are specifically designed to be grown in a container. Elderly adults can work on temporary or permanently located pots, and even move them around to get maximum sun. It’s important for the container gardening to be designed to meet the aging gardener’s abilities.

Other benefits of container gardens for seniors include the daily activity that the hobby provides, giving elderly adults daily responsibilities. The elderly gardener gains the feeling of achievement and pride at a job well done without feeling frustrated at the size of a larger garden that is down on the ground. They’ll be happy to share the results of their garden, like fresh vegetables or flowers, with other family members, senior care aides and neighbors.

Of course, family caregivers and elder care assistants should think about safety first when it comes to container gardening and elderly adults. Sun exposure is very serious for seniors, so family caregivers must make sure their elderly relative is wearing sunscreen and preferably a wide-brimmed hat. Elder care aides should make sure the aging gardener stays hydrated. Overexertion is also possible with senior gardeners, as is dehydration.

Family caregivers and elder care assistants can greatly enrich a dependent elderly person’s life by steering them toward container gardening. It’s one hobby that never gets old and satisfies a lot of less-mobile seniors.


For elder care in Clifton, NJ, call ComForCare Home Care at 973-287-4718. Serving Caldwell, Clifton, Montclair, Bloomfield, Nutley, Verona, Little Falls, Cedar Grove, Totowa, Essex Fells, Roseland, Glen Ridge, West Paterson, Fairfield, Passaic, Belleville.

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Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.

Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
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