Senior Care Tips For the 4th of JulyJun 23, 2022 ● By The Hood Magazine
The 4th of July is a great time to spend with friends and family. Typically seniors enjoy this holiday and find celebrating our country’s freedom special. If your grandparents are joining your backyard celebrating, use these tips to keep their time safe and enjoyable!
Offer plenty of shade.
Excessive sun exposure is dangerous for everyone, but it can be especially dangerous for senior citizens. Keep direct time in the sun limited to under 10 minutes, and remember to have plenty of sunscreen and shape options for them!
Retreat from the heat.
Even when seniors are able to stay in the share, they can still be at risk for heat stroke; especially on hot and humid days. Offer a place inside where it is cool to retreat from the heat, especially if they are feeling over heated. Going from the warm backyard to the air conditioned house can leave them feeling a little chilly, so it may be best to have a light jacket or blanket nearby.
A little goes a long way!
A large, busy gathering can become exhausting for anyone; but even more so for senior citizens who are not used to so much stimulation. Many seniors simply won’t have the energy for a full day party. Allow them to take time to recuperate with a nap or resting time. And when they feel they are ready to return back home, don’t try and make them stay longer.