Senior Care in Greenwich, CT
The summer might be the season of endless days, carefree fun, and thrilling adventures, but it is also the season of hot and humid weather, sweaty discomfort, and skin irritation. This is particularly true for elderly adults who are more susceptible to heat and whose skin is more sensitive and delicate. During the hottest months of the year it is important to find ways to keep your aging loved ones feeling as cool and comfortable as possible, and to protect their skin from the irritation and damage often caused by exposure to heat and sweat.
A home care provider can play an important role in improving and maintaining your elderly parent's quality of life during the summer by helping them stay cool, fresh, and comfortable even on the hottest, most humid days. Some of the ways they can accomplish this include:
• Baby powder. There is a reason that parents use baby powder after bathing their babies and when they put new diapers on them. Baby powder absorbs moisture and reduces friction, keeping the skin feeling cooler and allowing it to move more easily across each other to prevent chafing and sores. Have the home care provider sprinkle baby powder on your parents skin after their baths and throughout the day, especially if they will be walking in the heat. Be sure to choose pure cornstarch baby powder over talc, particularly for your aging mother, as talc has been linked to serious health concerns including an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
• Anti-chafing gel. Sweat makes the skin damp and sticky, causing increased friction and potentially serious damage when the skin rubs together, such as between the thighs or under the arms. Prevent this from happening with anti-chafing gel. This soft gel creates a smooth, filmy layer on the skin to allow it to slip easily across each other and prevent the increased heat of friction, protecting the skin.
• Cleansing wipes. A damp cloth across your parents' neck and face can cool them down instantly, making them more comfortable and removing sweat. Look for disposable cleansing wipes that contain ingredients such as cucumber or aloe, both of which are highly moisturizing and cooling for a refreshing, skin-nourishing wipe that will immediately draw the heat away from your parents' skin.
• Dress appropriately. Make sure that your aging loved ones' in home health care services provider chooses appropriate clothing for them if this is part of her responsibility. While being hot might immediately make you want to wear less clothing, this can actually make you more uncomfortable. Instead, choose lightweight, light-colored clothing made of breathable materials that cover the majority of your skin. A pair of lightweight, loose cotton pants will keep your parents cooler and more comfortable than if they were too wear shorts because it will keep air flowing against their skin and prevent direct heating from the sun if they are outside. Always encourage them to wear a hat with a broad brim to protect their faces and reflect heat away from their heads, which is where most of the body's heat is released.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Greenwich, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.