The summer season is all about spending more time outdoors with family. If you’re looking forward to spending time with your older loved ones this summer, just remember their additional needs as the temperatures rise outside. Here are some summer safety tips for senior caregivers that you can’t forget as you spend time with your loved ones this season.
Prevent Heat Stroke
There are many reasons to spend more time outdoors during the summer. Encouraging your older loved ones to stay active outdoors is helpful for relieving arthritis symptoms. However, you must be watchful during the summer. Older adults may have more trouble recognizing or vocalizing when they have been in the sun for too long, so pay close attention. Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat stroke in seniors, such as confusion, slurred speech, flushed skin, and fainting. Avoid strenuous activity that can lead to heat stroke, and be cautious when taking your loved ones outdoors in temperatures exceeding 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pack the Essentials for Outdoor Trips
Whether you’re caring for a 7-year-old or a 70-year-old, remember to pack the essentials for a summer trip outdoors. Seniors can be especially susceptible to sunburn and UV radiation from the sun. This is why it’s crucial to apply sunscreen no matter your age. You can also pack a sun visor or brimmed hat to keep the sun off your senior’s face. Remember to pack enough water for everyone and ensure your loved ones stay hydrated throughout the day.
Know When To Stay Indoors
Everyone has their limits when it comes to being out in the sun, and this especially applies to seniors. While it’s important for your loved ones to stay active and get some fresh air outdoors, it’s also important to know when to stay indoors during the summer. Seniors should avoid completing strenuous activities in the heat, as this can quickly lead to dehydration and heat stroke. Pay attention to the weather reports on days that you plan to visit your loved ones. If the weather looks too hot, plan get-togethers or games to pass the time indoors instead.
With these summer safety tips for senior caregivers, you can have an enjoyable and safe season while keeping the whole family involved.