Senior Care Observances: National Water Safety Month

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Posted: 5/13/2016 8:44 AM by Interim HealthCare

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Memorial Day is right around the corner, which means that summer is just behind and many people's thoughts are turning to all of the fun that water can bring. Fantastic for keeping cool in the summer heat, getting some exercise, and making lasting memories, spending time in and around water can be a wonderful enhancement to your summer senior care. While you are planning your excursion out to the water, however, it is important that you keep your parent's health and safety in mind.

May is National Water Safety Month. This is a month set aside to help people understand the risks associated with swimming and other water activities, and how to reduce those risks so that they can enjoy their time with the water safely and healthily.
Use these tips to make sure that this summer you can make spending time near the water a fun and beneficial part of your senior care journey while also feeling confident that your aging loved one is safe and secure:
Know the water. When you are going to enjoy a swimming pool or even a water park, the water is controlled and the conditions remain the same throughout the day. If you are going to enjoy natural water such as a river, lake, or the ocean, however, this may not be the case. It is important to be aware of water conditions before you head out so that you know what to expect and can make informed decisions as to what activities you should do and which you should avoid.
Know the activity. Trying new things can be a fun way to stimulate your parent's mind and body and get them more involved in the world around them. When that activity involves water, however, not knowing what you are doing can be dangerous. Make sure that you are either familiar with the activity that you are going to try with your parent, or that you find someone who is who can help you.
Use safety measures. You may have fond memories of your children splashing around in water wings when they were little, but it is important to remember that proper flotation devices are not just for young children. Wearing a life jacket when out on the water should be mandatory for everyone involved in the activity. Make sure that you choose life jackets that have been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and that fit your loved one properly. For added safety, consider wearing brightly colored bathing suits or clothes as opposed to darker options that may blend into the water.
Do not go it alone. Avoid spending time near open or unfamiliar water with your parent without someone else with you. Invite their senior health care services provider to come along with you so that you have an extra set of eyes and hands to help supervise and care for your parent during the activity. This is especially important if you are making your activity multigenerational with your parent and children. The care provider can be a valuable source of assistance and care for your parent while you are caring for your children.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Layton, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today (801) 206-9366.
Brenda Funk, CSA,  Owner, Interim HealthCare, Ogden, UT
Brenda Funk, owner of Interim HealthCare of Ogden, is an active member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, the world's largest organization dedicated to certifying professionals who serve seniors. Additionally, Brenda holds the designation of Certified Senior Advisor.

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