For many families, one of the best parts about summer is traveling. As a family caregiver, you might worry that this is not something that you are able to do any longer due to the needs and challenges of your parent. This, however, does not have to be the case. In fact, traveling with your senior can be an exceptional way to make memories that you can treasure for years to come, boost their mental and emotional health, and give them the opportunity to get more physical activity.
June is National Oceans Month.
This is the perfect opportunity for you to plan an adventure to the beach with your elderly loved one and the rest of your family.
Use these tips to enjoy a day at the beach during National Oceans Month:
- Pick a less-busy beach. If possible, select a beach to visit that is not terribly busy. Crowds, shouting children, and too many umbrellas and blankets can lead to a stressful, frustrating, and even dangerous day for your family. If you are traveling, look for hotels that offer beaches exclusive to their guests for a more peaceful experience.
- Pack carefully. Make sure that you bring along everything that your senior might need to stay comfortable, healthy, and safe while visiting the beach. This includes sunscreen, bug repellent, water, snacks, change of clothing, and entertainment such as books or magazines to read.
- Try the baby powder trick. Getting sand stuck to their skin can be extremely uncomfortable for your elderly parent and even lead to irritation, damage to the skin, and infection. After spending time on the beach, use baby powder to remove sand quickly and easily. Simply sprinkle the powder over the areas with sand, wait for a few seconds, and then brush the dried sand and powder away. Make sure to use pure cornstarch powder.
- Take a walk. Simply because you are on a getaway does not mean that you cannot enjoy some beneficial physical activity. While splashing in the water is fantastic, this may not be an option for your elderly parent. Walking is one of the most accessible, and yet most effective, forms of exercise, and it becomes even more beneficial when done on sand. The sand provides resistance which means that your muscles, joints, and cardiovascular system needs to work harder with every step.
If you have been looking for ways to enhance your elderly loved one’s quality of life, improve the care that they receive on a regular basis, and help to manage your stress and schedule, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting senior care for them. A senior home care services provider can be with your elderly parent on a schedule that is right both for their needs and for the care that you already give them. This enables them to provide your parent with a highly personalized set of services tailored not just to their needs, challenges, and limitations, but also to their personality, preferences, and goals. This helps them to stay safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy, while also pursuing a lifestyle that is as engaged, active, and independent as possible throughout their later years. This can even include accompanying your family on vacations and getaways to ensure that your senior gets the consistent care that they need and that every member of your family can enjoy the experience while staying safe and healthy.