Elder Care in Sugar Land, TX: Summer Health Risks

It may not quite be summer yet, but preparing for the health risks that this season brings can help you to provide more effective elder care for your aging loved one. Providing elderly home care for your aging loved one is not just about making sure that you are available to respond to his needs on a regular basis, but also about anticipating potential needs and having plans in place to address these needs as they arise. Summer represents a variety of potential health risks for the elderly, and it is important to be aware of these risks so that you can adjust your elder care efforts to help prevent dangerous situations from arising, or manage the impact if they do arise.

Elder Care in Sugar Land, TXSome of the summer health risks that are particularly applicable to elderly health care include:

  • Seniors have more difficulty regulating their body temperature than younger people, so when the days get hotter it is important to keep in mind the cooling needs of your aging loved one. Getting overheated can lead to a variety of health concerns including heatstroke, so it is important that your loved one have access to a cool environment and plenty of water during the hot weather
  • Skin becomes more delicate with age, meaning that it will be more susceptible to developing sunburn. Seniors should be kept in the shade whenever possible and apply sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor of 30 whenever they will be exposed to the sun. If sunburn does occur, aloe gel and cold compresses can help to remove the lingering heat from the burn and ease the initial pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers will provide comfort in the following days. It is important that seniors suffering from sunburn drink even more water, as sunburn can quickly lead to dehydration
  • Mosquitoes can carry serious illnesses so it is important to protect your aging loved one from mosquito bites. Thoroughly investigate the area surrounding your loved one’s home to find any areas of standing water that could act as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Seniors should also wear plenty of bug repellent when they will be outside, particularly at dusk when mosquitoes are at their most active.

The caregivers at Comfort Keepers are available to talk with you and your family about all of your senior care needs. Comforting Solutions for In-Home Care is a seniorcare agency providing quality and affordable elder care in Sugar Land, TX and the surrounding areas. Call (832) 361-4323 for more information.

 

About D. Flenaugh

Demetrius Flenaugh is a 20 year U.S. Army Veteran and is experienced and highly qualified in addressing the home health care needs and concerns of seniors. His passion for helping others led him to volunteer with various organizations throughout his military career.
After spending the better part of the last 20 years moving from one assignment to another, he decided that moving to Sugar Land, TX provided an excellent opportunity to grow his family and serve his community. His dedication to providing quality, in-home care enables him to have a direct impact on enhancing the quality of life of seniors and other adults who need assistance with the activities of daily living.
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