Plan a summer adventure with your ageing loved one. Our tips and ideas give you everything you need to know to take grandma out for a fun and safe day.
How to Plan a Fun & Safe Summer Adventure with Grandma
Plan a field trip for your grandparent! Imagine picking grandma or grandpa up from the nursing home and filling the day with a summer adventure. Your grandparent will look forward to the day and remember it for years!
Here’s everything you need to plan a fun summer field trip with your older loved one.
Create A Plan
Craft a plan of what your summer adventure will look like. When making your plan, take into consideration your grandparent’s mobility and the physical demands of events.
The Plan Should Include:
- What time you’ll pick your loved one up.
- The fun activities that will make up your day.
- Plan for rest breaks in between activities. How often you rest will depend upon the type of activity as well as your loved one’s health condition. Some individuals will need more frequent and longer rest breaks than others.
- Plan on meals, snacks and water throughout the day.
Make sure to choose activities that you think your grandparent will enjoy and ones they are physically able to do. Keep it simple and choose public spaces that aren’t too crowded or loud. If you can choose a place that is familiar to them and has fond memories, that can be a big plus.
Have a Picnic
Take a walk around a park and then have a picnic after. Make sure to pack a cane or walking stick to help with balance. Pack a picnic lunch of their favourite foods, a blanket, and enjoy some leisurely time together outdoors. You can even bring a kite and take turns flying it!
Go Miniature Golfing
Find a miniature golf centre near you or set one up in your backyard. You can help your grandparent if their ball goes off course and even make a fun contest of what the winner will receive. Grab an ice cream cone afterwards to wrap up your day of laughter and a little exercise.
If the weather is warm and mild, go to the lake or your favourite fishing hole and see if the two of you can catch some fish. If they are in a wheelchair, make sure the dock is wheelchair-accessible. You can spend the day chatting while soaking up some Vitamin D.
Work In The Garden
Taking care of something can give your loved one a sense of responsibility and pride. You can take them to your local nursery and let them pick out some favourite plants you can plant together. Even some fresh herbs in a windowsill can be planted with limited dexterity. Make sure you have ergonomic tools in case they experience any pain. Once your garden harvests, you can share the fruits (and vegetables) of your labour with them!
Try an art class at your local craft store. Stores like Michael’s and Joann often have beginning painting, sewing and scrapbooking classes. You can also try a flower arranging class or a pottery class. They’ll get to flex their creative muscles and take something home as a souvenir of your special day together.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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