May is National Water Safety Month.
This is the ideal opportunity for you as a family caregiver to learn more about how you can encourage your aging parent to get out, enjoy the warmer weather, and get some physical activity near the water. As with everything else in your caregiver journey, however, it’s extremely important to focus on safety and health when encouraging your parent to participate in water activities. Understanding the risks and how to avoid them can allow you to keep your parents routine more active while avoiding potentially devastating consequences.
Some things you should know about National Water Safety Month include:
–According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 10 people in the United States die every day from unintentional drowning
-Throughout the world, there are more than 40 deaths from unintentional drowning every hour of every day
-Drowning is the fifth leading cause of injury among all age groups
–Use of alcohol, sedatives, and other substances greatly increase the risk of dangers associated with water recreation
-Dry drowning is a condition that occurs after exposure to water when a small amount of water gets into the lungs and causes inflammation that can be fatal
Water recreation can also lead to other risks, including RWIs, or recreational water illnesses. These are caused by bacteria, fungus, or chemicals in the water and can lead to symptoms such as diarrhea, rashes, eye infections, ear infections, and more.
Starting senior care can be one of the best decisions you make for your aging parent ordering your experience as their family caregiver.
A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule that is right not only for your parent’s individual care needs but also the level of care you regularly give them. This means that together you can personalize a caring approach to ensure your parent gets the care, support, and assistance that they need while also helping them to maintain greater independence and activity during their later years. This care also offers you more flexibility and freedom, easing your stress and allowing you to focus energy and resources on all responsibilities and needs in your life in the most effective and beneficial ways.
Are you or a loved one considering Senior care in Lehi, UT? Please talk to the friendly staff at December Rose Senior Care at Home. Providing Home Care in Highland, Utah and Surrounding Communities. 801-427-ROSE (7673)
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