As certain states experienced the summer’s first heatwave before May came to an end, it’s leaving some to wonder what is the best way to keep elderly parents cool. Even Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have all seen temperatures in the 90s and even 100s. Not only does this worsen the air quality for those with asthma, but the heat can lead to heat exhaustion, dehydration, or heat stroke.
With the reasonable cost of inflatable ring pools, some people think they’re an easy way to keep seniors cool when the heat soars. A backyard pool is great for keeping your parents cool, but there are things to consider.
Pools Require Maintenance.
Even a soft-sided pool needs maintenance to prevent bacteria from growing in the water. Someone needs to check the chlorine and pH levels. If the levels are off, chemicals need to be added to balance the quality. It’s the way you prevent algae, slime, and other contaminants from building up in the water.
The filter needs to be cleared of bugs each day. Bugs should also be removed from the surface of the water. This keeps your parent from getting bitten or stung while swimming.
Stay Safe in the Sun.
You don’t want your parent to get a sunburn. A broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s at least 30 SPF or higher is essential. It should be applied in liberal amounts before going outside and after getting out of the pool. A wide-brimmed hat can help shield the face from the sun. Sunglasses are also essential.
While the pool will keep your parent cool, hydration is also important. Make sure your mom or dad is drinking plenty of water during the day. The goal is about two liters a day.
Supervision is Important.
No one should go into a pool by themselves. There should always be a buddy system in place. Does your mom or dad have someone to go into the pool with them? If not, companionship services from professional caregivers ensure someone is there to watch your parent in the pool.
Even if your parent is a capable swimmer, there’s the risk of medications causing a dizzy spell. They could fall getting in or out of the pool. With elderly care services there to help, the fall risk is drastically reduced. Caregivers can also make sure your parent is using sunscreen and drinking enough to prevent dehydration.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional elderly care in Hoover, AL, call and talk to the staff at Lipford Home Care (205) 623-5700.
They have three teenage children and are actively involved in their church and community – both teach high school Sunday school while Dennis coaches youth sports and Kelly leads a women’s Bible study. Dennis & Kelly personally manage the daily activities of the company.
It is their passion and commitment to providing quality and responsive service that has made their company the fastest growing home care agency in Birmingham.
They believe that being an independently owned and operated company gives them the flexibility to manage their business in a way that better serves their clients.
They understand you have a choice in care providers and they will do their utmost to earn your trust.
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