Senior Tips Fourth of July
If you are planning a family outing for your senior family members or friends.
When Barbecuing or Cooking Outdoors –
Find out what sort of seating should be used. If you have backless picnic benches, consider that elderly persons will sit on it and have no back support. Try providing folding chairs, or stack-able plastic chairs. Even a cushion will help keep back pain in check for seniors. Many seniors have to deal with back pain and will find sitting for long periods uncomfortable.
If your guests are in a wheelchairs, make sure you have wide enough and slopes gentle enough to maneuver in the back yard.
If you do not have lots of shade, then use portable beach umbrellas to help keep bright sun off of your senior guests.
Seniors should consider wearing comfortable clothes that include layers, never know when the wind will pick up and give them a chill. Also use sturdy shoes to prevent falls and trips. Don’t forget the sun screen for your senior’s skin.
At a barbecue party be sure to set up a spot for your senior away from the hot grill and any areas where children may be likely to throw balls or roughing around.
Make sure they are closely locate near the bathrooms. Seniors often need to take several restroom breaks.
Take care that your seniors do not get dehydrated. Make sure they have plenty of water. Avoid alcoholic beverages, due to dehydration and it can conflict with medications.
Watch seniors for signs of restlessness, overheating or other distress. Try not to put any pressure on seniors for socializing or talking to other. It makes them feel comfortable just to be around others without the pressure of talking.
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