Garden Aids For Disabilities
If you're fond of gardening and beginning to find it difficult to maintain the same upkeep as usual, we have some tips & tools for how to manage disabilities whilst working and enhancing your garden.
Gardening can be a form of enjoyment for many, it's often considered a therapeutic experience and a fulfilling process, but as we get older garden can become more difficult, especially on the knees & back.
This article will help provide tips for anybody who's looking to get the most out of their garden, whilst still maintaining their health.
1. Extendable Litter Picker/ Grabber Tool
This handy ergonomic tool is used to pick up litter and objects from the ground without requiring you to bend or kneel. They come in a variety of long lengths to make picking up things from the floor hassle- free. They can even lift slippery items like glass, plastic bottles and other small items, thanks to their specially designed jaws; perfect for an elderly person, those who suffer from mobility conditions and those in a wheelchair. With this tool, you can keep your hands clean while still getting stuck into some gardening work.
2. Rolling Garden trolley with Tool Tray
These trolleys are the ideal gardening partner. With a 360-degree swivel seat, you can move around freely and easily with no hassle, avoiding bending and stooping, which can be back-breaking when cleaning low-level things. They can have a loading capacity in excess of 150kg and pneumatic tires. So, these robust trolleys should stand up to the harsh outdoor conditions, and last many years - great value for money! Look out for one's with storage to keep your tools and supplies with you.
3. Extendable Lopper
Pruning and cutting trees and hedges can be a tedious task that often requires a ladder if the branches are too high to reach. This is even more difficult to do if you're on a wheelchair or are living with disabilities. But luckily, there's a solution to this problem - the extendable lopper. These tools come in a range of extendable lengths, making it possible for you to reach those unreachable and tricky places. They also come with cushioned grips and shock-absorbing bumpers for a more comfortable and easy grip. It goes without saying that you should never tackle anything that may cause damage to property, yourself or others.
4. Long-handled Garden Trowel
If you have back issues, a long-handled stainless steel trowel would best suit you. With long-reach designs, you won't have to bend much, helping you garden in comfort even if you're on a wheelchair. The trowel head is durable and easy to clean, and non-slip handles provide enhanced control even if the tool is wet.
5. Long-handled Garden Hoe
Another ergonomically designed garden hoe with a non-slip handle will help you in breaking up and shaping soil and removing weeds efficiently. This tool keeps your hand and wrist in a natural position, making it comfortable to use even for wheelchair users, and its long-reach design will help you avoid bending.
6. Multi-Watering Wand
Watering raised beds, hanging plants that are out of reach may be challenging, but a watering wand can help you out. Made of lightweight materials with push-buttons and cushioned grips make it easier on your hands. It's ideal for those who have arthritic fingers or have limited mobility.
7. Long-handled Weed Grabber
This weeder and root removal tool eliminates the need for bending over to pick up weeds. If your garden is prone to crabgrass, dandelions and lawn burweed, this is your new favourite companion! With its pointed claws, comfortable black foam grip and push and pull knob, weed pulling can be a fun and effortless activity. You'll never have to stress your back nor gather dirt under your nails again.
8. Raised Garden Bed
An elevated garden planter box is an ideal gardening solution that helps those with physical restrictions such as post-op patients, those who suffer from back soreness and limited mobility. They help to maintain posture and enjoy gardening without the need to stoop and bend. Available in different variations including kits, bags, beds with wheels and fencing. If a raised garden bed isn't for you, you could consider wall-mounted planters or trellis spaces and other vertical planting alternatives.
9. Electric Cultivator/ Tiller
If you're unable to loosen the soil with a shovel or pitchfork anymore, worry no more. There's a tool that can save you from such back-breaking work. An electric cultivator effortlessly grinds out fist-sized rocks and breaks up clumps and compacted layers of soil. Domestic lightweight tillers are powerful and can work on clay soil (not suitable for heavy ones) and loamy or sandy soil and makes aerating small plots and cleaning up raised flower beds easy. This type of tool can be perfect for the elderly, those with arthritis and people with disabilities. It comes in corded, and battery-operated cordless versions.
If you have steps or stairs in your garden that are becoming difficult to tackle, an electric stairlift can help with garden mobility and allow you to continue to enjoy your garden. Electric Stairlifts are waterproof and can be easily installed by professionals.
There are also grants available for disabled individuals living in Wales who seek help with funding a stairlift installation & fee.
Gardening doesn't need to be a difficult task, and there are countless tools, tips & tricks that can help the modern gardener with their handy-work. For more information regarding garden rails, ramps & outdoor security, get in touch with your local disability equipment provider.