Caregivers in Redding CT
The summer is a fantastic time to be a family caregiver for your aging parent. While you are enjoying the leisurely days with your senior and your children, though, it is easy to get overheated. This is not only uncomfortable but it can quickly lead to potentially serious health complications such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Finding ways to stay cool is important to protecting everyone's health and well-being during the summer months, but sometimes the classic option of taking a dip in the pool is just not an option. Whether it is because your parent does not feel comfortable swimming or you simply do not have access to a full-sized pool, not getting all the way into a pool does not mean that you cannot enjoy the cooling benefits of water this summer season.
Try some of these ideas for cooling water activities that you can enjoy with your family that do not require a dip in the pool:
• Play in the sprinkler. You likely remember carefree summer days in your childhood spent running through the sprinkler in the yard. This was a great way to cool off that did not require you to leave home. Simply because your parent is not going to run and jump through the water as it waves does not mean that they cannot enjoy the cooling benefits of it. Set the sprinkler up in the center of the yard so that there is plenty of space for the younger ones to jump and play. Then set a chair to the side so that just the mist that comes off of the sprinkler can touch your parent's skin as it settles. They will get the cooling effect while also having fun watching the grandchildren play.
• Water balloons. Tossing water balloons around is a great cooling activity that adds the extra level of excitement from never knowing when the balloon is going to burst. While your children create their own battle out of tossing the water balloons, let your parent relax by filling a kidding pool with the filled water balloons. They can put their feet in the balloons to enjoy the cooling sensation and act as referee to keep the different sides of the battle from taking too much "ammunition" when they come to the pool.
• Ice building. Appeal to the creative and scientific side of your children and create an activity that your parent can do with them with ice building. Encourage them to go through the kitchen the night before and find containers of various sizes and shapes. Fill these with water and put them in the freezer. The next day take out the containers and pop out the ice cubes. They will be in many different sizes and shapes, perfect for turning them into cold, frozen blocks. Have them go outside and build with their ice blocks on a table or patio. They will have fun trying to beat the clock to make their creation before their blocks melt away.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Redding CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.