Summer is just around the corner and if you are like many people you are thinking about all of the fun that you will be able to have with your family during the longer, warmer, more relaxing days ahead. One of the most popular activities during the hot summer months is swimming, whether in the local swimming pool, at a water park, or even in a lake. This can be a fun and beneficial activity for all ages, but as a family caregiver it is important that you are aware of the potential risks of this activity and be prepared to address those risks to keep your family safe and healthy while enjoying some water fun.
May 22 through 28 is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. This is the ideal opportunity for you to educate yourself and the rest of your family about the potential health and safety risks of swimming so that you can effectively avoid those risks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the greatest risks with swimming is recreational water illnesses. Known as RWIs, these are health issues caused by germs that exist within the water of pools, hot tubs, rivers, oceans, fountains, lakes, and other water. These infections are caused when someone swallows or breaths in contaminated water. The most common symptom of an RWI is diarrhea, but they can also cause skin, eye, nose, respiratory, and wound infections, and even neurological concerns. These germs can live for days even in properly treated water and cause thousands of illnesses each year. This is a particular risk for those with lower immune systems, such as the elderly.
In addition to these health risks, swimming also poses the risk of drowning. It is important that every member of your family is aware of this risk and takes the proper precautions to keep themselves safe, including wearing life jackets or choosing only water that has safe conditions for them.
Starting home care for your elderly loved one can be one of the best ways that you can help them to achieve and maintain a higher quality of life as they age in place. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your aging loved one on a customized schedule that is designed to ensure they have all of the care and assistance that they need while also keeping you at the head of their care routine. There is a common misconception that this type of care is only beneficial for seniors who have extensive needs and challenges, but this is simply not the case. Instead, even elderly adults who have only mild to moderate needs can benefit greatly from the highly personalized services of a home care provider. This care provider can help your parent handle their basic care needs, meet their activities of daily living, provide safe and reliable transportation to where they need and want to go, and encourage them to live a healthier, more active, and more fulfilling lifestyle. This can boost their quality of life as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care in Fort Pierce, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at 772-872-6983.
We are licensed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration in Florida. As a licensed nurse registry, we refer private duty caregivers to clients in need of personal care services and assistance with every day activities. We are providers of medical and non-medical health care services.
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