The Advantages Of Getting Out And About In Old Age
Improve fitness levels and mental wellbeing by enjoying a change of scenery once in a while. Carers can provide a wealth of opportunities for those in old age.
People who need care may have a range of physical or mental challenges related to old age or illness that make it difficult to get around. Yet it is essential that provision is made by Carers for those needing care to experience regular days out. Although routines are important when caring for the elderly, in terms of providing adequate opportunities for rest and nutrition, a change of scenery can provide many benefits.
The Benefits Of Days Out
By leaving home for as little as an hour to meet friends in town, or a lengthier trip to the seaside, older people can benefit in a multitude of ways.
Physically, regular activity and walking for a short distance on a regular basis, where possible, can really help to improve fitness levels, get the muscles working and keep the immune system operating well. Trips out that involve cardiovascular exercise to some degree can assist the elderly in being able to accomplish their day to day tasks better when at home.
Going out for the day can also boost mental wellbeing. Live-in carers can provide an opportunity for the elderly to socialise with others, and take in some fresh air; this can boost their mood and help to alleviate the isolation and depression that is often associated with old age.
Preparation Is Key
Of course, the key to achieving a successful day out is to put a great deal of effort into planning and preparation. You might want to start with a small trip to give you and the person in your care the confidence to know that you can get out, enjoy the experience and then have the excitement of wondering where you might like to go next time.
Much will depend on the individual and their physical condition. If the person in your care has mobility concerns, for instance if they use a wheelchair or can only walk for short distances with the aid of a stick, then you will need to research the convenience of your chosen location. It will be necessary to ensure that there are wheelchair-accessible ramps, disabled toilet facilities and adequate parking near to the venue.
If someone in your care has particular dietary requirements, then it is important to know exactly where you will eat, at what time and the menu that can be provided. Where necessary, you may opt to take a picnic with you instead of relying on the uncertainty of external catering.
Where To Go
The world is still your oyster, even in old age. There are many places to go and people to visit across the UK. If you’re interested in an indoor activity, then you might like to visit your local day centre to take part in organised activities such as tea dances or bingo. Your community centre will likely have its own timetable of events. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to go further afield or even experience the great outdoors, then you might like to visit one of the UK’s cultural attractions such as art galleries, English Heritage properties or National Trust venues. Many are accessible and provide discounts for senior citizens. For further inspiration, take a look at ‘The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain’ which is free for blue badge holders.