The Heat is On! Tips to Keep Seniors Cool in the Summer

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Staying cool and comfortable in the heat is sometimes easier said than done. It can be especially difficult for seniors living on their own and those with disabilities. During these hot humid days make sure that you check in on your loved ones regularly to make sure they are handling the heat properly.

 

Here are some tips you can use to help educate them:

Tip #1  Stay hydrated 

During the hot weather it is more important than normal for seniors to stay hydrated. The loss of excessive fluids from sweat can cause dizziness and fainting. The best way to prevent this is to by drinking a lot of fluids – especially water. If your loved one is on fluid-restrictions make sure to contact the doctor.

Tip #2 – Wear proper clothing and sun screen protection

Make sure that your loved one is wearing, light comfortable clothing during these hotter days of summer. A hat will also help to protect their head from sunburn and overheating. Applying proper sunscreen protection will also help to prevent a sunburn, and reduce body heat that a sunburn can cause.

Tip #3  Limit the amount of outdoor activity

When they are spending time outdoors for fresh air or light exercise, they should spend that time in the early morning or late evening when the heat is not at its highest point of the day. They should also look for shaded areas to stay out of the sun and provide a cool place for them to rest. If your loved one begins to feel sick or uncomfortable for any reason return inside and if it persists contact their doctor.

Tip #4  Enjoy Staying Cool Inside

Making sure that their home is properly cooled is important, and checking fans and air conditioners are properly working is important for their safety and well-being. If they do not have a fan or air conditioning, going to a local senior center, mall, or friends house may be a good alternative during the really hot days.

Tip #5  Never leave an elderly person in a parked car

When a car is parked, the temperature inside the car can rise dangerously fast. Even in cooler weather and with the windows cracked the temperature can become dangerously high in a very short time. It is never a good idea or safe to leave a person inside of a parked car.

We encourage you to use these safety tips to help your loved one enjoy the summer and stay safe at the same time. For more information, check out the CDC’s website on heat and the elderly for you to visit. We hope you found this information useful to help protect your loved one.

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Respite Care – A Much Needed Break for Caregivers

Are you the primary caregiver for an elderly family member? Do you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders sometimes trying to keep everything together? Well, you are not alone! With a growing population of aging seniors, caring for a loved one is coming more and more commonplace. And with most caregivers so focused on the well-being of the person they are caring for, they oftentimes neglect their own health and family’s needs.

For example, when providing care for a loved one who is aging and going through many different health related issues, it can prove to be a very difficult process to watch them lose their independence. This can eventually lead to a state of depression for the caregiver and the person being cared for. If there is also little or no family support, the caregiver feels that it is solely up to them. This will generally lead to extra stress, frustration, and also neglect to the caregiver’s own family and responsibilities.

In addition, if the caregiver is still a working professional it can lead to multiple days of work loss, or even in some circumstances loss of their job. This would lead to a loss of income, and ultimately cause a sacrifice in care.

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The good news is that there are support groups, and help available to families and individuals who find themselves in these very types of situations. With respite care, the caregiver is given a time of rest from their caregiving responsibilities from a professional company that specializes in Respite and Home Care. This gives the primary caregiver a chance to focus on their own needs, while having peace of mind knowing their loved one is being taken care of.

At Enriched Life Home Care Services we understand the situations that families and their loved ones are facing on a daily basis. We work with them to find a balance that will provide the greatest benefit to both the family and their loved one so that they can continue to care for the loved one and for themselves.

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Alzheimer’s Apron of Memories

If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia you understand that it is sometimes difficult to find activities for them to do to help occupy their time. This can be especially true if your loved one has difficulty staying in one place for very long.

Creating an Alzheimer’s Apron is a fun activity for both you and your loved one. First, involve them in choosing the color apron they like the best. After you have helped them pick out the color, the fun really begins.

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When you are working on the apron together, there are several things that you can incorporate onto the apron:

  • A clear pocket for a picture of a family, pet, or something that they loved. This is a great way for them to be able to look at a comforting picture while wearing their apron.
  • A large zipper with a large pull-hole. This will be fun for them to be pulling and zipping up and down.
  • Sew some large bright things onto their new apron. This can be fun for them to look at and feel.
  • Attach a large pocket made of a material that they will enjoy feeling and touching. This will also allow them to store objects and things that they like and enjoy.
  • Customize their aprons based on your loved ones’ interests.

The Alzheimer’s apron is a great way to help your loved ones stay stimulated and help families and caregivers with assistance. We hope you decide to create an Alzheimer’s Apron with your loved one…it could really brighten their day!

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A Little Karaoke Fun at the Senior Center

You don’t need to be a good singer to enjoy karaoke! Choosing one of your favorite tunes and belting out the words with reckless abandon is what makes it so much fun. At Enriched Life Home Care Services we believe in giving back to our community and helping to brighten the day of those who may not be able to enjoy the things that they used to. We visit nursing homes, senior centers, rehabilitation facilities, and Alzheimer/Dementia homes to help brighten the day for those that live or stay there.

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A few weeks ago, for example we spent an afternoon doing karaoke and visiting with a wonderful group of people…and there was even some rumored dancing as well! They had such a good time that we have been invited back to do it again. This time we will be hosting a karaoke competition with them, but when you are able to give back and bring joy to people’s lives everyone has already won.

Enriched Life Home Care Services believes in helping individuals to be able to enjoy their lives the way they always have as much as possible. When we are called to provide care in their place of residence, we work closely with the individual and their family to create a care plan that helps allow them to do just that.

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