You know how important it is to care for your aging parent’s skin. The skin is truly the largest organ of the body, and in many ways it is the most vulnerable. This is your body’s first line of defense and protection, but it can also suffer serious issues that can put your parents entire body and well-being at risk. While this is true at any time of the year, you may become more aware of them during the summer months when your parent is affected by heat, humidity, sun, pests, and more. It is important to adjust your care routine to include protecting your seniors skin from these issues so that you can help to keep them healthier and more comfortable throughout the warmer season.
Use these tips to protect your senior’s skin during the summer months:
- Be sure they wear proper sunscreen effectively. Remind your aging parent they should wear sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor of 30 anytime they will be out in the sun. Even just a few minutes of sun exposure can add up to serious consequences, including sun damage and increased vulnerability to problems such as skin cancer. They should apply sun protection at least 30 minutes prior to sun exposure, and reapply it every 2 hours, or more frequently with excessive sweating or exposure to water.
- Guard against insect bites. If your senior is going to be outside for an extended period, particularly if it is during the early morning or evening hours, make sure they are well protected from insects. Insect bites can be very itchy and uncomfortable, which can cause your parent to scratch and potentially open themselves up to infection. Many insects, including mosquitoes and ticks, have the potential of caring very serious illnesses as well. Look for insect repellent rated to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and more for maximum protection.
- Keep your parents skin dry as much as possible. Sweat and stickiness from humidity can cause friction, which can lead to irritation, open areas, and other problems that can not only be very painful for your parents, but can also open their skin to infection and other problems. A light coating of cornstarch powder over your parents skin can prevent this stickiness, and help your parent to feel cooler and more comfortable.
The summer months can be a difficult time for you as a family caregiver. Particularly if you are also caring for your children, you may find that this season poses more difficulties and challenges than other times of the year. Fortunately, you don’t have to try to handle all of these challenges completely on your own. Starting home care for your aging parent can be a fantastic way to insure ongoing consistent care and assistance for your aging parent, while also giving you the time and energy you need to focus on the other responsibilities of your life, and enjoy your summer season. An in-home senior care services provider offers a set of services tailored to your parent’s needs so they can get what they need, while also maintaining is much autonomy and independence as possible. During the summer months, this can include helping them to avoid the potential dangers of the sun, heat, and dehydration, as well as other basic needs.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE SERVICES IN DALLAS, TX, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE TODAY. CALL (214) 272-2188.