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Taking Aging Loved Ones to the Beach: Beach Tips for Seniors
Aug 15, 2017 by Anonymous
During the hot summer months, the sun is shining, and there is no place better to be than on a beach, relaxing in a lounge chair listening to the waves crash against the shore. Taking your aging loved ones to the beach can’t be a sporadic decision because there are many preparations that will need to be handled to ensure they have a safe and fun trip.
Top Five Tips
A sunburn can ruin anyone’s trip to the beach, but it can become especially uncomfortable for your loved ones if they develop a sunburn. Because seniors are more susceptible to becoming sunburnt, make sure they are wearing at least 30+SPF, and they are reapplying sunscreen once every two hours, especially if they are getting wet.
- Heat Exhaustion
Sitting in the sun on a hot day can cause heat exhaustion. Have your aging loved one sit under an umbrella and stay hydrated with ice cold decaffeinated beverages. When you take your loved one to the beach you need to be on the lookout for signs of heat exhaustion, which could include headaches, extreme thirst, confusion, nausea and dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms call for medical assistance immediately.
Beaches can be full of broken shells, rocks, and litter, plus under a summer sun, sand can become very hot. With this being said, it is important to make sure your loved one has adequate footwear that will protect their feet from burning or getting cut.
Not all beaches have lifeguards, so finding one with a lifeguard who can help out in an emergency situation is important—and finding a spot close to the lifeguard is even more essential. Accidents can happen to anyone on the beach, and more likely to occur to seniors. So having someone trained with beach emergencies close by can help prevent your aging loved ones from getting hurt.
- Medical and Prescriptions
Before seniors go to the beach they should consult their medical care provider. Some medications can cause them to become overheated, sunburnt, or have limitations on their water intake. So before you take your loved ones to the beach with you, consult with their doctor if a day on the sand is safe with their medical conditions.
Comfort Keepers® in Cupertino
At Comfort Keepers® in Cupertino our compassionate, in-home caregivers are there to help your aging loved ones enjoy a day at the beach. From helping them pack a beach bag to providing them with transportation to their doctors’ office to discuss the concern of spending a day at the beach our caregivers, called Comfort Keepers®, can help assist your aging loved ones in living a healthy, safe, and independent life—at the beach and at home.
For more information regarding our in-home care services, and how our Comfort Keepers can help your aging loved ones prepare for a day at the beach—or any typical day, call us at (408) 10-3794 or click here.