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Senior Care Tips: Leaf Raking Safety

Senior Care in Needham, MA

Pile of fall leavesBeing a family caregiver is not just about making sure that your elderly loved ones stay safe, healthy, and comfortable in their homes by helping them with tasks such as making sure that they are eating well and that they can move around their furniture safely and confidently. You must also think about the comfort, safety, and accessibility of the outside of their home as well. As fall comes along, that means that leaf management is going to be an ongoing part of your senior care efforts.

Fallen leaves may give the home the comforting, cozy look of the autumn season, but they can also be a safety hazard if they fall on the walkway, porch, or stairs, or harbor pests such as termites, roaches, and rodents. Raking leaves is important for keeping the lawn clear, attractive, and safe, and can be a fantastic form of physical exercise. Basic safety tips can ensure you get the most benefit from your raking while also staying safe and healthy.

Use these tips to keep you safe and healthy while raking up the autumn leaves:

  • Choose the right rake. Having the right tools is essential to not only keeping you safe while raking, but to getting the best results. You might feel like having a lighter rake will make it easier on your body, but the opposite is actually true. Using a rake that is too lightweight will be more difficult to control and will require more effort to properly move the leaves. You might prefer a rake that is sturdy and durable, and that features a comfortable ergonomic grip.
  • Dress appropriately. Wear clothing that is comfortable and lightweight so you are warm enough but do not get excessively sweaty. Long sleeves and long pants protect your skin from sticks and bugs that may come up out of the leaves. Be sure to choose supportive shoes that protect your feet and keep your ankles stable.
  • Warm up. You might feel silly doing warm up exercises before you rake leaves, but remember that this is a physical activity just like any other, so your muscles and joints need to be appropriately warmed up before you get started or you could experience an injury. Do some stretches to loosen up your joints and get your muscles warm and flexible, and walk around the yard for a few minutes to get your body going before you start raking.
  • Stop when you need to. Raking should not be a painful experience. Even though it is physically demanding, you should not feel overexerted by the end of the activity. If you feel exhausted, out of breath, or in pain while raking, stop and take a break to give your body a chance to catch up before you get going again.
  • Get help. You are not going to be able to concentrate on getting the job done properly if you are worried about your aging loved ones while raking. Ask their non-medical referred caregiver to sit with them while you work so that you are confident they are safe so you can get your raking done with confidence.

If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Metrowest Boston, MA, call Griswold Home Care and speak to one of our caring staff members today. Call (781) 559-0073

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