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Protecting Seniors From UV Rays

Posted: 7/10/2014 3:18 PM by Interim HealthCare
Even though the days are now growing shorter, that doesn’t mean the sun is any less dangerous to the eyes or skin than it was before June 21st. In fact, July and August are known as the hottest months of the year, even though the longest day (the day with the highest amount of sunlight) is in June. When you are caregiver of a senior, make sure that you pay attention to the harmful UV rays of the sun.

What are UV rays?

The UV rays of the sun are ultraviolet radiation. This is the aspect of sunlight that generates heat, can burn the skin, and can cause damage to eyesight and have other health impacts for the average individual.

Any time that you step out into the sun, or into the direct line of sunlight in the home, and feel the heat from it, that’s UV radiation. It can feel wonderful at times, and millions of people around the world bathe in it in order to get a tan, regardless of how harmful it is to the skin, and how it increases the risk of many types of skin cancers.

How to protect the elderly patient from UV rays.

When providing senior care services to an elderly individual –whether it’s a family member or someone you’re caring for as part of your paid profession- there are plenty of things that you can do to help protect the patient from the harmful UV rays.

The most commonly known is to ensure that they wear sunglasses whenever going outside into the direct sunlight. Sunglasses that wrap around the side of their eyes and that also wrap over and touch the forehead are ideal to make sure that no sunlight gets through. Even though the sun may be at an angle to the individual’s eyes, it can still do damage.

Next, make sure that the elderly individual puts sunscreen on their exposed skin, even if they are only going to be outside for a few minutes.

Finally, if it’s comfortable, they should wear clothing to cover as much skin as possible, especially if they have had any previous skin cancer risks or scares. There are many types of clothing that are ideal for summer, including light fabric long sleeves and slacks.

When you help to protect the senior from the potentially harmful UV rays, you’re going to be providing a higher level of senior care for the elderly individual and that is a wonderful thing.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services, contact Interim HealthCare today. G+

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