Aug 3, 2017 by Kelly Lindell
Having the independence to spend as much time as they like out in the sun can have an incredibly positive impact on the health of senior citizens. While spending time in the great outdoors, basking in the glory of the sunshine and fresh air, it is important to stay healthy and protected. With in home elderly care, you can rest easy knowing your loved one is staying safe while spending time outdoors.
Below are some of the ways our in home elderly care professionals will make sure your loved one has the most positive experience while spending time out in the sun.
Prehistoric human's first addiction was to the sun and it is pretty easy to guess way. It plain and simple feels good to bask in the glory of the star's rays. However, during certain hours of the day, the sun can do more harm than good. We are of course talking about the hours between 10am and 4pm. This is when the sun's UV rays are most harmful. With in home elderly care, your loved one will be able to work with their caregiver to make sure everything they need is being taken care of in such a way that they never have to go outside during these hours.
This can not be stressed enough and it is even more important for seniors. This is because sun damage to the skin is cumulative. This means that every sunburn and adds up over the years to put seniors at a much greater risk of skin cancer as they age.
Sunscreen should always be put on 30 minutes before going outside. In addition, it should be reapplied continuously at least every two hours.
Each person should be drinking at least eight glasses of water each day. This is no different for people over the age of 65. In fact, seniors are much more prone to becoming dehydrated and in home elderly care professionals will make a point of helping to prevent this.
A caregiver will always make sure water is readily available and easily accessible for your loved one, hopefully preventing dehydration and its harmful effects.
Just like it is important to dress lightly in loose fitting clothing and wear sunscreen, it is important that your loved one protect their eyes from the sun. Doctors recommend that everyone wear sunglasses with 99 to 100% protection from UVA and UVB light.