Summer Safety Tips For Seniors

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Posted Aug 16th, 2019 in Caregiver Support, Homecare

Summer Safety Tips For Seniors

Stay hydrated 

One of the most important points is to drink lots of non-alcoholic, non- caffeinated beverages throughout the day even you are not thirsty. If you have difficulty with too much liquid, other options can be jello, sherbet, Italian ice, smoothies or ice chips.

Stay cool

During the hot summer months, it can be difficult to stay cool. If you have to be outside, wear light- and light-coloured clothing. If you do not have an air conditioner, make a visit to an air-conditioned place – a mall, a grocery store, a theatre, a church or synagogue, a senior centre to cool off.

Wear proper head gear
Try to always protect your head from the powerful rays of the sun, to avoid sunburn of the scalp and to contribute overall to staying cool

Wear proper footwear
Shoes are your first line of defense against foot injuries or a fall. For that reason it’s vital to wear proper footwear to enjoy your summer activities with your loved ones.

Use adaptive equipment
Using simple walking poles are very important for all ages because they can make quite a difference with balance and support when out walking.

Take a well charged phone and an extra battery
Take a well-charged cell phone and charged back-up cell phone battery with you especially on longer outings.  

Let someone know your plans
It’s always a good idea to send a quick text or email, whatever is easier for you, just to let someone know where you will be going and when you expect to be back. Just remember to let them know when you are actually back as well!

Wear sunscreen
Certain medications increase the risk of sunburn so it’s very important for older adults to wear sunscreen to protect against sun damage. Limit time in direct sunlight and sit in the shade. Wear sunglasses to prevent eye irritation from excessive sunlight.

Bring extra medications
Be sure to double check your medication supply and try to bringing extra medication, especially on overnight or longer trips.

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