Summer Safety for Older Adults
As temperatures soar in Arkansas this summer, it’s important to remember that older adults have extra challenges in extreme weather. Whether it’s icy, extremely cold, extremely hot, or there’s a major storm, seniors need to take special care.
If you’re helping provide senior care for an older adult or parent, you need to be aware of the dangers of hot weather. Here, learn summer safety for older adults to help you keep the seniors you love safe and cool this summer.
As a caregiver, you have to take care of yourself, and that means drinking plenty of water when temperatures soar. If you provide senior care, you also need to make sure that the older adults you assist stay hydrated as well.
It can be helpful to provide a water bottle that’s marked off in eight ounce increments to remind the older adults in your care to drink enough water. You can set a goal for them to drink two bottles a day if there are four segments per bottle, for instance.
If it’s a challenge to get your parent or relative to drink water, consider low-calorie ways to add flavoring to make it more appealing.
Seniors have thinner skin than young adults, and their skin is especially susceptible to sun damage. Many prescription medications make this problem even worse. As a result, it’s important to remind the older folks in your care to wear sunscreen every day.
It’s not always easy to get seniors to follow through on these good habits, so try to set the example yourself. If you provide direct senior care, you can apply the sunscreen for them before you leave the house.
Know How to Cool Down
Pay attention to the older adults you spend time with when you’re outdoors. They are likely to tire out well before you do. There’s no need to be frustrated, simply find a way for them to cool down and rest before going on with your day.
You can plan short outdoor activities mixed with times that you are in air conditioning and comfortable surroundings. For instance, an outing at a park can be followed by lunch at an indoor diner and then you can go to the pool, followed by resting at home.
If your providing senior care and the adult you’re helping complains of being overheated, help them take a cool bath or shower to cool down. If that’s not possible, cool washcloths on the neck, wrist, or armpits can help as well.
Take Advantage of Senior Care Services This Summer
If you have an older parent or relative that you’re concerned about, you might not be able to care for them yourself all of the time. The good news is that you have a great opportunity to use in-home senior care services.
At Southern Caregivers, we provide a wide variety of services to seniors in a variety of Arkansas communities. We can provide respite care if you need a break from caring for your loved one. We also offer a wide variety of personal care services, in-home care, and 24 hour care.
Whatever your senior loved one needs, we’re here to help. Contact us today for more information about what we can do for you.