June 18 through 24 is Lightning Safety Awareness Week. As a family caregiver this is the ideal time for you to learn more about the dangers that are posed by lightning and how you can protect your senior from these dangers. While lightning does occur throughout the year, it is most common during the summer months. Each year there are an average of 51 fatalities associated with lightning, which represents only 10 percent of the number of cases of lightning striking people. It is vital that you take steps to guard your loved one from this danger and keep them safe throughout this time of year and throughout the rest of your care journey.
Use these tips to protect your senior during a lightning storm:
• Be aware. Being aware of the potential for a lightning storm is an important step in protecting your senior. Pay attention to the weather predictions for your parent’s area and use these to help you act proactively to help your parent stay safe. This is especially important if you are planning an outdoor activity near water.
• Be vigilant. Keep in mind that weather predictions are just that – predictions. They are not always accurate and lightning storms can occur with no warning. Be vigilant about the shifts in weather and be ready to respond.
• Get inside. As soon as a thunderstorm starts, even if it is not raining, your loved one should get inside. The vast majority of the millions of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes that occur each year do not happen during the most intense part of the storm, but before this peak or after it has already passed. Avoid shelters that are not permanent or that have open sides. If no structure is available, get inside a vehicle with windows and doors closed.
• Never get under a tree. If your parent cannot get inside when the thunder starts, discourage them from getting under a tree. They are an ideal target for lightning and can put your senior in greater danger.
• Do not use plumbing. From the time that you hear the thunder until 30 minutes after the last of the thunder, avoid using the plumbing. This includes taking baths or showers, washing hands, doing laundry, or flushing the toilet. The plumbing can conduct the lightning and cause serious danger.
Starting home care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them throughout the course of your caregiver journey with them. Whether you live at a distance from your parent or have a busy schedule and are unable to be with your senior as often as you would like to be, or you are able to be with them frequently but have a few limitations, this in-home senior care services provider can work with you to create a customized schedule that is right for your loved one’s needs. This includes creating a highly personalized set of services designed to address your parent’s individual needs, challenges, and limitations, as well as to support as much activity, engagement, and independence as possible as they age in place. Through services such as safe and reliable transportation, companionship, and physical assistance, this care provider can help your loved one to achieve and maintain a more fulfilling quality of life throughout this new chapter.
If you or an aging loved one are considering homecare in Danbury, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.