Jun 8, 2017 by Mark McGoldrick
Spending quality time with your family is probably at the top of your summer ‘to-do’ list. For your gaining mom or dad, the warm summer months are a special time to visit with grandchildren, enjoy the nice weather, and reminisce about childhood summers. Utilizing additional home care services and precautions this summer can help ensure the whole family enjoys the time together!
Protecting yourself from the sun is essential no matter how old you are. As we age, protecting our eyes and skin from harmful UV rays and dehydration becomes even more essential. Seniors can become easily dehydrated and are more likely to be unable to recognize the symptoms. If your family is the primary provider of home care services for your senior loved one, here are some things to consider before spending a day in the sun:
You wouldn’t leave the house in the winter without a coat, right? Similarly, your senior loved one should never leave the house without the proper protection. This can include sunscreen, protective sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and light clothing. Bringing along water and snacks can keep your senior from becoming dehydrated and fatigued.
It can be tempting to spend hours in the sunshine, doing a variety of activities and enjoying the weather. Remember that your senior mom or dad may get tired more easily; simply sitting outdoors can be more exhausting than sitting in the house. Home care services can help with mobility concerns and safety. Set aside time for breaks and plenty of water. Remember the medication or bathroom schedule your loved one has been placed under and adhere to any doctor’s orders about being outside
Summer days spent as a family can be a great time to take family photos. Snapping pictures on your camera or phone can be easily saved and printed and placed inside your senior mom or dad’s home. Continuing to involve the entire family in the long-term home care services of your loved senior can have a positive impact on their overall wellness.
Summer outings can still be a possibility for your senior loved one with the proper home care services in place to help you. Caregivers and transportation are available, often on an as-needed basis. Exploring the senior care options and being prepared with the right information can help you make the most of this summer with your senior mom or dad!