Posted on Jul 03, 2014
Celebrating Independence Day and In Home Elderly Care
Summer is in full force and we are ready to celebrate our nation’s birthday on the Fourth of July. This extra special holiday is one of the very few that are uniquely American. Many families use the extended holiday weekend to take a trip to a nearby campsite or kick off their summer vacation. Families and friends find this holiday the perfect excuse to grill out and host pot-luck style barbecues. The 4th usually produces awe-inspiring fireworks and children frolicking with sparklers. The 4th of July is the epitome of the carefree way of life in the summertime.
Celebrating Independence Day can be a lot of fun, but the summer heat can make it difficult for an elderly loved one to participate in the festive activities. Excessive heat can be dangerous for the elderly who have difficulty regulating their body temperature due to medications or other health issues. There’s no need to believe that your loved one can’t still enjoy this summer holiday. Why not bring the festivities to them? Patriotic themed crafts and some refreshing iced tea can be a relaxing way to spend the afternoon indoors when the daytime heat is at its peak. If your loved one is bold, perhaps she might appreciate a red, white and blue themed manicure. If your elderly loved one can’t venture away from home due to mobility or other health issues, you could bring a patriotic movie to celebrate the holiday with them. It is also possible to watch the fireworks with your loved one as the Macy’s Firework show is broadcast every year on television.
If you are looking for way to celebrate Independence Day with an elderly loved one, and the weather isn’t predicted to be excessively hot, be sure they are prepared if they choose to venture out. If you are going to a parade, it is best to bring a chair, an umbrella to block the sun’s rays, and wear loose fitting clothing. Make sure you have plenty of water so you and your loved ones stay hydrated in the summer heat. If your elderly loved one is able to make the trip to the family barbeque, be sure to have some healthier food items available if they have dietary restrictions. A cool fruit salad and some fresh grilled fish would be a tasty celebratory lunch. Red, white, and blue food items such as strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream on a cake would be a delicious Fourth of July treat! You can’t really go wrong with a fruit kabob or some fresh sliced watermelon!
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