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Elderly Care Tips: Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

Eldercare in Champions TX

Eldercare in Champions TXThe summer months are a fantastic time to be on an elderly care journey with your aging parent. The days are longer, the pace is more relaxed, and there are plenty of activities that you can all enjoy together. One favorite activity that many families look forward to experiencing every summer is swimming. Getting into the water and swimming is not just a way to keep cool when the temperatures outside start to soar. Swimming is also a fantastic source of physical activity and can be a great way for your parent to enjoy more social interaction and mental stimulation.

As with anything in your elderly care efforts, it is important to make sure that you are keeping your parent's health and safety in mind whenever you plan an outing to the local swimming pool, water park, or lake for a swim. May 22-28 is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. This week, focus on learning more about how you can keep your parent, your children, and yourself healthy and safe while enjoying your summer fun together.

Some healthy and safe swimming tips to keep in mind when planning a swimming adventure with your family include:

• Never leave them unsupervised. Do not leave an elderly adult unsupervised around water, especially if they are not strong swimmers or they are suffering from cognitive limitations. If you are planning on bringing your children along with you on this excursion, consider bringing your parent's elderly health care services provider as well. This care provider can be a source of care, support, assistance, and supervision to your aging loved one throughout the day so that you can feel confident in their health , safety, and wellbeing even when you need to be paying attention to your children.

• Be aware of RWIs. Known as recreational water illnesses, infections or illnesses caused by germs, bacteria, and other contaminants in the water are a major concern when swimming in any water shared by others. This could be a swimming pool or water park, or it could be a pond or the ocean. These illnesses happen when you swallow, breathe in, or just swim through contaminated water. Elderly adults are at particular risk for these issues because of suppressed immune systems. If your parent comes into contact with contaminants, they may experience diarrhea, eye infections, respiratory infection, skin irritation, wound infections, or ear infections. Pay close attention to your parent after any swimming experience to detect early signs of such illnesses so that you can get them medical attention as quickly as possible.

• Be healthy for others. In addition to being vigilant about your parent experiencing an RWI, help ensure that they do not spread one themselves. Do not take your parent swimming or to a water park if they are experiencing diarrhea, wound infections, fungal infections, or bleeding or drainage of any kind.

• Use common sense. Know your parent's swimming abilities and only encourage them to do what they can. This means limiting them to the shallow end of the pool or discouraging them from using water slides or other attractions if they do not have the skills to support it. Remember that safety should always be your first consideration.

Source

http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/observances/hss-week/
http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/water-safety/swim-safety
http://www.backyardocean.com/Swimming-Benefits-Safety-Seniors-a/269.htm

If you have a loved one who could benefit from eldercare in Champions, TX, contact the staff at SYNERGY HomeCare. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (281) 407-1200 for more information.

Chad Jolley

As the owner of SYNERGY HomeCare of Houston and as a son trying disparately to find help for his parents, Mr. Jolley has worked within the senior healthcare field for over a decade. Beginning his work overseeing the care of his father who became critically ill following a stroke in 2004, he has continued to develop his expertise by aiding seniors, adult disabled and veterans in their search for truly compassionate and dependable care through SYNERGY HomeCare. Mr. Jolley received his designation as a Certified Senior Adviser in 2007 and continues to use his years of knowledge and experience to help other families find the care and peace of mind they need.

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