As the temperature starts to rise, seniors need to be more careful when they go outdoors. A senior’s skin can become easily irritated with age, so it’s important to take care of it. Here are a few simple ways to protect aging skin during the summer months.
Always Apply Sunscreen
It’s a good idea to apply sunscreen each day to ensure your loved one does not get burned and damaged skin that has a higher risk of developing cancer. It’s especially important to reapply sunscreen when your loved one is swimming or exercising because water and sweat can make sunscreen less efficient.
Dry, damaged skin is just one of the many issues older adults are susceptible to. There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to manage if their families opt for professional home care. Palm Beach families can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep their loved ones safe and comfortable while aging in place.
Choose UV Resistant Clothing
Most people think they are protected as long as they are covered up, but it’s possible to get burnt through clothing. Lightweight fabrics in pale colors tend to provide the least protection, but even thicker materials might not block out the sun entirely. Look for items that have an SPF rating on them, and find clothes that will protect your loved one’s skin.
Select an Effective Insect Repellent
The sun is not the only thing that can damage your loved one’s skin during the summer. Make sure to protect your loved one from insects and pests that could harm the skin. Sprays with DEET tend to be more useful at repelling insects, but there is a slight risk that your loved one could have a bad reaction to the spray. If you prefer a more eco-friendly and natural solution, burn a citronella candle or apply some citrus or tea tree oil.
Regularly Apply Lotion
The extreme heat of summer can take a toll on a senior’s skin by drying it out. Dry skin is more likely to get abrasions, so it is a good idea to ensure your loved one stays moisturized. You can help by applying an unscented body lotion after each bath or shower to keep your loved one’s skin hydrated.
Some seniors need help bathing, applying lotion, and managing other daily tasks. If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Palm Beach seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.
Be Cautious Even in the Shade
You might think your loved one does not need to worry about sun protection as long as he or she is sitting in the shade, but this is not always true. Even when protected from direct sunlight, harmful UV rays can bounce off of other surfaces and reflect onto your loved one in the shade, which means he or she can get burnt when sitting under an umbrella or tree. Look for areas that are partially enclosed, such as a patch of shade against a wall, because they will block reflected UV rays.
Seniors who need help maintaining their health should consider professional in-home care. Palm Beach senior home care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently. Call Home Care Assistance at 561.429.8292 to hire a professional caregiver for your aging loved one.