As a result of all the information we have access to regarding health matters, complemented by the advancements in the field of medicine more of us get to benefit from, people are indeed living longer than they did before.
Being able to enjoy life for longer is a great thing, however ageing does come with its challenges, one of which is finding it a bit more challenging to maintain gardens and outdoor spaces which you’d undoubtedly love to keep enjoying and doing a little work on. We explore some tips for making your garden more accessible to enjoy in your golden years.
Making flowerbeds easier to access
Mobility inevitably becomes limited with age, so you can perhaps start working on raised flowerbeds to make it easier to bend down and reach flowers and the likes. Wheelchair users should consider having their flowerbeds raised by about 18-24 inches off the ground and those for whom bending down is a bit more of a serious struggle, 30-36 inches off the ground would perhaps be more appropriately-raised flower beds.
Making the garden a great space to relax
This is especially true in your golden years, that being that you don’t really want to live out your days worrying too much about how your garden is shaping up. You want it to be a nice outdoor space you can enjoy and relax in, so whenever there might be any minor or even major work to be done, accessing all areas must not be too much of a challenge. Add some outdoor furniture to instantly create the type of inviting feeling you’d want from an interior space such as your family living room, with a favourite cosy spot sure to reveal itself to you in no time.
If you’re looking for something a little bit different, try going with those seating arrangements designed to assimilate into the garden and therefore become part of the garden in a rather natural-looking way. Flowers embedded around the furniture will bring you up close and personal with some of the best elements of your garden each time you sit down to enjoy your outdoor space.
Creating accessible Decking
The stable platform for both the old and young alike added by some decking installed in your garden makes it a comfortable space to access and enjoy, but also gives your garden some depth and personality, whatever styling you prefer. To specifically cater to the elderly, low-slip decking is a great option so that maximum grip is offered.
You might feel as if you could do with some extra support for your decking, in which case a hand-rail would do well to provide that much-needed support when getting on and off the decking surface. Railing works well with decking steps as well.
With all of this in mind, a professional who is qualified to do the job should be roped in to make sure all features of your decking are installed safely.