Sun-Safety Tips for Seniors
Now that the weather is starting to heat up, for many seniors living around the country, it means it is about to get hot and sunny where they live. And although a healthy dose of vitamin D may be a huge welcome for many seniors, it doesn’t mean that there still aren’t safety concerns providers of home health care services should watch out for.
Whether you are planning to spend some time outdoors – as a provider of home health care in Aurora, Colorado – we are giving you some safety tips to keep any senior protected this time of year:
- Always wear sunscreen
Even if you are someone with a darker skin tone that doesn’t burn easily—it is important to wear sunscreen at all times. Even when it is isn’t hot out. Senior skin is thinner and more susceptible to burns, and seniors are more susceptible to skin cancer as well.
- Protect the eyes
Seniors already have fragile eyes and need to be taking steps to maintain proper eye health. This not only means going in for regular appointments and screenings, but it also means protecting the eyes from sun damage.
- Stay hydrated
This means drinking water (not sugary drinks) and avoiding alcohol and caffeine. Seniors are more susceptible to dehydration than younger adults and medications can also have an impact on a senior’s hydration as well.
- Avoid peak hours
The sun tends to be at its hottest and brightest (and at its highest risk for causing damage) between the times of 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Providers of skilled nursing in Colorado should keep these tips in mind if they are looking for the best way to enjoy the sun—without being damaged by the sun. If your senior loved one is in need of assistance, enlist the help of our professionals at Home Health Preferred, LLC.