The start of summer is about a month away, which means there is no better time than now to review some summertime safety tips for seniors.

Summer Safety Tips

Before diving in deeper, here is a brief rundown of some important summertime safety tips for seniors:

  1. Use bug spray.
  2. Wear sunglasses.
  3. Take breaks during physical activity.
  4. Stay hydrated.
  5. Keep cool.
  6. Avoid being outside on extremely hot days.

Be sure to review the weather forecast, as it’s always best to know what to expect for the day. This way seniors will know what to wear and what to take with them when venturing out.

Make sure the air conditioning is working properly in your loved one’s home. Air conditioning can be a lifesaver, especially on 80+ degree days. If your loved one does not have A/C, it may be wise to put in a window unit or find activities in the area that take place inside air-conditioned buildings.

It’s also important for your loved one to remain hydrated, so he or she should drink plenty of water. Low- or no-calorie sports drinks and juices are also ideal beverages for seniors, while soda, coffee and alcohol are not recommended.

Dangers That Come With High Temperatures

Seniors can be more susceptible to the dangers brought on by high temperatures. Reasons can include aging-related physical changes in the body, chronic health conditions and some side effects of some medications.

Summertime temperatures can be very dangerous, with close to 200 Americans dying of health problems caused by high heat and humidity. Out of those, many individuals were over the age of 50.

Some common health issues that accompany high temperatures include:

  • Heat exhaustion
  • Dehydration
  • Heat stroke
  • Heat syncope

Reviewing the signs and symptoms of various heat-related health issues could be a lifesaver. While many heat-related illnesses can be taken care of on their own, there are some cases where a doctor’s help or hospitalization may be needed.

The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Freehold can work alongside you to ensure your loved one is leading a happy and healthy life throughout the summer and whole year! Contact us today to learn more about the help we can provide.

Ideally, it is the best scenario for most seniors to live at home, but without proper safety precautions, it can be difficult for that to remain a reality for them.

You can help make sure your aging loved one is able to safely stay in his or her own home by taking some time to identify and remedy safety hazards that may be present.

Locating Safety Hazards

Certain areas of the home pose a higher risk for falls and fires, which are two very serious safety hazards for seniors. Those areas are the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen, so you’ll want to focus your safety hazard search in those places.

One of the greatest safety risks for seniors is falling. It’s a fact that one in four adults over age 65 fall each year. To help eliminate the risk of falls for your aging loved one, you can do the following:

  • Get rid of throw rugs
  • Make sure laundry facilities are on the first floor
  • Remove wheels on chairs
  • Keep steps clear of clutter
  • Apply non-slip wax to floors
  • Add a hall railing
  • Add a raised toilet and grab bars
  • Use rubber-backed bath mats
  • Repair loose carpeting or raised areas of flooring

Check to make sure there are not too many electric cords plugged into one socket or extension cord. You will also want to take the time to investigate the appliances and other electrical items in the home to make sure they are in good working condition and that their electrical cords undamaged

It is important that your loved one is aware of different ways to exit the home in case of a fire, making sure that there are at least two ways to get out. Make sure the batteries in the smoke detector are also being changed and tested regularly as well.

For the bathroom, it is a good idea to adjust the thermostat on the water heater so it stays at or under 120 degrees. Anti-scalding devices are also available for purchase that can be installed in sinks, tubs and showers that will recognize when the water is too hot and stop the flow.

Simple Safety Tips

Advance preparation for many possible situations can help to ensure your loved one’s safety.

Make sure a list of emergency numbers is kept by each phone or are added to the contact list in his or her cell phone. Those numbers should include:

  • 911
  • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
  • Family members or friends to call in case of emergency
  • Healthcare provider’s office

It is also wise to make sure his or her home address is clearly visible from the street if there is ever a need for emergency responders to be called. You can install larger house numbers in metal or stickers to make them more visible and could also spray paint the house numbers on the street curb.

There can be many safety concerns for seniors living alone at home, but fortunately, we’re here to help address some of those concerns. Executive Care of Freehold provides a full range of in-home care services that can make life easier and safer for your aging loved one.

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