Summer Safety Tips for Seniors
Summer is in full swing in NYC and surrounding areas and, while everyone wants to have a bit of fun in the sun, there are a few important things that should be kept in mind if you are caring for a senior loved one. If you are providing home health care for a loved one in NYC, here are is what you need to know:
COVID is Still a Threat: While the numbers for COVID-19 continue to improve in the US, the virus still poses a potential threat to everyone- but especially seniors with pre-existing conditions. Take steps to wash hands, sanitize surfaces, and even consider wearing a mask when in crowded places. Also, consider vaccinating yourself and your family against the virus to help decrease risk.
Sun Protection is a Must: Unprotected, prolonged sun exposure has been linked to a variety of ailments that can range from sunburn to skin cancer. Sunblock should be applied while outdoors and a hat can protect the sensitive skin of the face from overexposure. Sunglasses are also important because unprotected exposure to UV rays can cause and exacerbate sight-threatening eye conditions such as Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
Staying Hydrated is Key: While many of us know to stay hydrated during the summer, older adults who suffer from physical limitations or poor memory might forget to drink enough water. If you are caring for a senior loved one, it is important to ensure that they are drinking enough water during the hot summer months.
Mind the Heat: While anyone can overheat during hot weather, seniors are especially vulnerable to the effects of heatstroke and heat exhaustion. If you are caring for a senior outdoors, make sure that they are not too hot and are properly hydrated. Wearing light colors when outdoors can help because these do not attract the sun.
Ultimately, if the weather is too warm, consider limited time outdoors and focus on indoor activities instead.
Beware the Bugs: Bug bites are usually just annoying, but insects can carry unpleasant diseases. If you live in an area that is known for bugs that carry various ailments, make sure to use bug spray and other protection methods to ensure that your senior loved one is not bitten.
Water Safety Is Not Just for Kids: Individuals who suffer from certain physical and mental ailments should be careful around swimming pools and at the beach. Individuals in this category would not be able to swim to safety due to physical impairment and this category includes older adults who cannot swim. If you are not sure whether you are caring for a senior who fits this description, consider speaking to their doctor.
Remain Diligent About Doctor’s Visits: Summertime is fun and it can be tempting to put off medical appointments in favor of family gatherings or trips. However, when it comes to the health of your loved ones, certain appointments are important to keep. If you must put off an appointment, explain the situation, and try to make sure that your senior loved one will not run out of their medication due to the delay. When possible, speak to a healthcare provider about an appropriate date to reschedule.
Enlist Support: If you are struggling to take care of your loved one this summer either due to job circumstances or because school is out this time of year, consider enlisting help from a licensed home health aide.
If you are located in NYC or the surrounding areas, contact Allure Home Care today and learn about the support we offer to help ensure your senior loved one’s wellbeing.