Live-in Care for Seniors in Charlotte, NC
It’s a gorgeous day, the sun is shining, the temperature is in the mid to upper 80s, and there is a nice, light breeze that’s helping to keep things relatively comfortable. This is a golden opportunity for a senior to get outside and just spend some time among the fresh air.
If the senior relies on live in care, it usually means he or she is having difficulty getting around and doing certain things on their own. They may require assistance to get outside, navigate down the few steps to the patio, and ease down into the comfortable lounge chair. While spending time outside can be a great way to shake off the doldrums that often occur when somebody feels confined to being inside their own house for an extended period of time, it’s important to focus on safety as well.
If the live-in caregiver doesn’t have prior experience doing this type of work, they might not understand how important it is to think about some things that are commonly overlooked by younger individuals.
Using sunscreen is absolutely essential for anyone, but incredibly important for seniors. An elderly individual’s body can’t keep cool the way it used to, and it also can’t protect against the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Melanin is a component within the skin that helps to block some aspects of ultraviolet radiation, but a senior’s skin likely contains little to none of this important compound. That’s why sunscreen is so important.
Even though the senior isn’t moving around, their body is still trying to keep cool. A body keeps cool by perspiring. However, seniors don’t perspire the same way as they used to, and their body can’t remain cool as well as it could in the past.
Keeping hydrated is absolutely essential. A person should be drinking eight glasses of water every day, at a minimum, and the warmer the temperature is outside and the more active a person is, the more water they should consume.
A person can get overheated just sitting in direct sunlight. Relying on an umbrella, gazebo, or awning is a great way to help keep the senior cool and comfortable throughout the day.
It’s also a good idea to have the senior go inside every so often to relax and unwind. This will give the live in caregiver an opportunity to accurately assess whether there are any concerns with regard to overheating. If there are, they shouldn’t diagnose that or prescribed remedies, but should call emergency services as soon as possible.
If you or your loved one could benefit from the help of home care in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas, contact the caregivers at Golden Heart Senior Care. Experience the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you’re in Caring Hands with Golden Heart! Call (704) 246-5806 for more information.
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