North Coast at-home care professionals believe getting plenty of exercise can help increase an ageing person’s health. One of the simplest, least strenuous ways a senior can engage in regular physical activity is by walking. In North Coast, NSW, there are many gorgeous walking trails your elderly loved one can take advantage of, and these 4 trails are some of the best in the area.
1. Devils Hole
Located in Barrington Tops National Park is Devils Hole, a beautiful 0.3 km paved trail with no steps, which makes it easily accessible for seniors with limited mobility. On this wheelchair-friendly trail, your loved one can witness breathtaking scenic views and do some birdwatching. This trail leads to a picturesque picnicking area where your loved one can take a break and enjoy a brown bag lunch. Admission to this trail is free.
2. Wonga Walk
On this 6.6 km trail with gentle hills and occasional steps, your loved one can hear unique bird calls and walk amongst 600-year-old trees in a subtropical rainforest. This complimentary trail, located in Dorrigo National Park, is shaded by tall, lush greenery that can help your loved one stay cool. Your loved one doesn’t need bushwalking experience to walk this trail, and he or she can also break the walk up into shorter sections.
3. Cape Byron Walking Track
This 3.7 km trail in Cape Byron State Conservation Area is a moderate walk suitable for most ages and fitness levels, and many points allow access to walk the trail in shorter sections. The Cape Byron Walking Track will take your loved one on a walk through the rainforest, grasslands, picturesque beaches, and clifftops all the way to the Cape Byron lighthouse. Many parts of the trail have steps and it is steep in certain areas, which may make it unsuitable for seniors with limited mobility. However, there is a wheelchair accessible section of the boardwalk they can explore from Captain Cook Lookout to Brooke Drive.
4. Sea Acres Rainforest
Sea Acres National Park offers seniors a magical walk through a rainforest canopy. When walking this 1.3 km boardwalk trail, which has no steps, your loved one can see forest birds like scarlet robins and other exciting exotic animals. Admission is $7 for seniors, which includes a guided tour.
If you’re concerned your loved one isn’t getting out of the house often enough or isn’t exercising as much as he or she should, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can assist with mobility and physical activity, provide transportation, and help with many important everyday tasks. For more information on the live-in and respite home care North Coast, NSW, seniors and their families can count on, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at (02) 6646 3527 today.