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Summer Sun Safety Tips and In Home Senior Care

Summer Sun Safety Tips and In Home Senior Care

Summer is officially in full swing and the heat is on!  This is the time of year to enjoy longer daylight hours and fun in the sun.  There are outdoor activities like concerts, festivals, and fairs that are sure to intrigue all members of the family.  When it comes to enjoying time outdoors; it is important to use these summer sun safety tips.

Now that it is finally summer; the sun and our moods are brighter.  We are spending more time outdoors now that the chill of winter and unpredictability of spring is gone.  With these warmer days and longer time spent outdoors, it is important to always remember to wear sunscreen.  The sun’s rays are beneficial to us by supplying our daily requirement of Vitamin D with normal outdoor activity.  While this is important for our health, we can also enrich our diet with Vitamin D through fish, milk, dairy and eggs.  Prolonged exposure to the sun can have harmful effects.  On top of aging our skin prematurely, it can also encourage the development of cancer and damage.  Sun damaged skin is weaker, leathery and will bruise more easily. 

The elderly should be especially careful about spending too much time outdoors without sunscreen and wear other forms of sun protection such as a hat, long sleeves and an umbrella.  The summer sun is hot and it’s good to remind your senior loved one to dress in light-colored, loose and cotton clothing.   There are many medications such as anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular and acne medications that can make the skin extra susceptible to the sun’s strong rays. 

The summer heat can be very dehydrating so it is also very important to keep water accessible at all times, especially for a senior loved one.  Remind them to carry a water bottle and keep it by their side for easy access.  Take frequent breaks from the heat and encourage your senior loved one to go in the shade or indoors for air conditioning to cool off. 

If you find that you worry most about your loved one during the sweltering dog days of summer, you can call on the dependable care of Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara.  In home senior care services are flexible to meet your loved one’s unique set of needs.  You can rest assured that your loved one’s caregiver will treat them like a member of their own family.  When venturing outside of the home, you can count on dependable transportation to and from local events, social functions, and appointments.  When planning to be in the sun for any length of time, your loved one’s caregiver will be sure your loved one is wearing a sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 to prevent any serious burns.  Your loved one’s safety is the top priority of all caregivers from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara 805-687-7777.

If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional  in home senior care, call Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-687-7777!   In home senior care and in home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Santa Barbara.