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Tips for Senior Safety During the Summer Months

Veteran’s Home Care Tips Salisbury NC

Veteran's Home Care TipsFamily caregivers are responsible for ensuring seniors stay safe all times of the year. However, during the summer, there are a number of elements that can make this more difficult. From the heat to all the activities going on, the difficulties and challenges for seniors during the summer are vast. The good news is that there are some issues that can be prevented with a bit of planning. The tips here will help family caregivers keep their senior loved ones safe all summer long.

Regulate time outdoors

One of the primary things that can be done to help ensure a senior’s safety during the summer months is to minimize their time spent outdoors. This is especially true for the hottest portions of the day. If being outside is unavoidable during these times, the senior care provider needs to ensure that the senior takes plenty of breaks and drinks water constantly.

Trips and falls

Another common issue that seniors have to deal with is falling more often. This can be because of a reduced sense of balance, or because of hazards in their home or places they visit. During the summer months, many family caregivers like to take their senior loved ones on outings. It is essential to stay aware of the surroundings at all times and bring along helpful gear if needed. This could include a walker, cane, or wheelchair.

Stay on routine

As a person ages, they are likely develop a daily routine that helps them feel safe and comfortable. Those who suffer from some memory diseases need this even more than seniors without any sort of issue. While it may be tempting to take vacations and do different things during the summer months, this can actually have a negative impact on the seniors health and well-being.

Wear the right clothing

It is important for everyone, including seniors, to dress appropriately for the weather. When it is hot outside, there are some who will find that natural fabrics, such as cotton are cooler than synthetic options. It is a good idea to ensure the senior has loose-fitting and light-colored clothing to help them stay cool and comfortable when the temperatures rise.

In many cases, seniors will not know if a situation is dangerous, of if they need to take a drink of water, unless someone is there to tell them. This is why it is the responsibility of the family caregiver to provide this information. It is clear that there are quite a few things that need to be taken care of, which is why family caregivers often need help. This is where in home care services can be invaluable.

Home care services provide respite services for family members who are responsible for senior loved ones.  This service can be invaluable when it comes to providing quality care and ensuring no mistakes are made that may hurt the senior’s health, especially during the hot summer months. There is no reason to allow a senior to suffer during the summer when there are plenty of options to keep them cool and comfortable all summer long.

Source

http://www.firstlighthomecare.com/care-library/firstblog/

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Renee Gray

Founder, Owner, President at TenderHearted Home Care
As Founder, Owner & President of TenderHearted Home Care, I have always had a heart for helping others. I started with babysitting while a teenager, assisting the mentally disabled in a work environment for 10 years, homeschooling my two sons, serving others for 9 years while employed through the local hospital and since 2011 have been focused on helping seniors to maintain their independence in the comfort of their own home. I am a Certified Senior Care Manager (CSCM) as designated by the Association of Care Services At Home (www.acsah.org).

I have enjoyed volunteering my time as the President of the Rowan County Home School Association, assisting with the Parkinson’s Support Group, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Pregnancy Support Center, MOPS International, Capstone Recovery Center, Kairos Outside, Celebrate Recovery, various church committees and going on a mission trip to Moldova. I am a member of the Rowan County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels board member, REACH of Rowan County, HIPSS of Davidson County, Second Tuesday Business Group and several Christian Business Life Groups.

I am passionate about serving others and providing the most compassionate care possible, as I would want for my own family. I love relaxing with my husband, Peter, and my two dogs, Yoyo and Terra Cotta.