Spring weather means many people are heading out of the house to enjoy fresh air, sunshine, and the chance to be more active after the long stretch of winter.
When you are planning outdoor activities with your aging parent, it is important to keep in mind the need to protect the skin from the sun. Wearing sunscreen and taking other measures to guard their skin against sun damage is not just something that you should do during the summer. The UV rays have the ability to cause extensive damage, including burns, any time of the year, so if you are heading outside with your senior, it is critical to take steps to protect them from the sun no matter what you are doing or the temperature.
Use these tips to protect your aging parent from the sun on spring days:
-Make sure that they wear sunscreen properly. They should wear at least SPF 30 and apply it 15 to 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. Cover all exposed skin and reapply every two hours or after water exposure or excessive sweating
-Use a wide-brimmed hat to provide protection for their scalp and additional protection for their face. This is especially important if they have thinning hair
-Choose lightweight, lightly colored clothing that covers as much skin as possible. This will not only protect them from the sun, but can also keep them cooler
-Make sure sunglasses are designed to block UVA and UVB rays and curve around the sides of the eye to provide effective protection for the eyes and the delicate skin around them
If your parent has been struggling with needs that you do not feel that you can meet efficiently, your own challenges and limitations have increased and your ability to care for your parent has changed, or you simply feel that they would benefit from a wider, more diversified care team, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them.
An in-home senior care services provider can be with your parent to fill care gaps, manage care tasks that are too difficult for you or that are not comfortable for you or for your parent for you to handle, and help them to pursue a lifestyle that is an independent and fulfilling as possible as they age in place. This can ease your stress, support your own health and well-being, and help to keep your relationship with your senior meaningful and beneficial throughout their later years.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Homecare in Glencoe, IL, call the caring staff at LifeCare In-Home Care and Home Health Services. Call (888) 606-4199 LifeCare serves all of the Chicago Metro Area.
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