Memory Care Safety Tips: How to Keep Your Loved One Safe this Summer

“After a long, cold winter, many of us view the warm sunny days of late spring and summer to be a welcome blessing,” says Susan Irrgang, Executive Director of Saunders House, located in Wynnewood, PA.  “However, if you have a loved one at home with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia for whom you’re providing memory care, it is important to know that summer can also bring additional challenges to their safety and health.

“In fact, the hot days of summer can be dangerous and even deadly for your loved one because of the ways memory loss affects their five basic senses and their judgment. Therefore, it should be a priority for all at-home memory care providers to be knowledgeable and vigilant about the hazards of summer heat and take precautionary steps to keep your loved one safe.”

“Fortunately, leading memory care authorities offer useful recommendations that can help you to ensure your loved one’s safety and well-being this summer.”

Memory Care Safety Tips to Protect Your Loved One from Summer Heat 

For example, memory care experts at the Alzheimer’s Association®, provide 10 helpful tips to keep your loved ones safe from summer’s heat. These include:

  • Limit the amount of sun exposure your loved one receives during the day – Place outdoor furniture in shaded areas and keep your loved one indoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun is strongest.

  • Use plenty of sunscreen on them – This is particularly important when they are outside for long periods of time.

  • Be sure they drink a sufficient amount of liquids – Provide them with plenty of cool water or their favorite non-alcoholic beverage and make sure they actually drink it to prevent dehydration.

  • Dress them in cool, comfortable clothing Make sure they are dressed in lightweight clothes and feel your loved one’s skin periodically for temperature. A hat with a large brim is also a good choice.

  • Keep their living area cool – Use air conditioning or fans to help keep their living space comfortable.

  • Limit their exercise to the cooler times of the day Memory care therapists emphasize that exercise is important for your loved one, but it should be limited to cool times of the day and cool areas of the home.

  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and high sugar drinks – Avoid beverages that could cause them to become dehydrated.

  • Restrict access to swimming pools Swimming pools and hot tubs represent a significant hazard. If you have one, be sure to protect it with a fence and a gate with a lock. Also, cover the pool or hot tub when it is not being used.

  • Assure adequate rest – Sufficient rest is also important, say memory care therapists, and our loved one may need a nap or quiet time to help them deal with the heat.

  • Utilize safety resources – Take advantage of useful safety resources such as Medic Alert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® or Comfort Zone® to protect your loved one and reduce their risk of wandering.

Susan adds, “By following these expert memory care safety tips, you can keep your loved one safe this summer while also enabling them to enjoy backyard cookouts, walks in the sun and other fun outdoor activities with the rest of your family.”

Personalized Memory Care with Dignity, Respect and Life Enrichment 

If your loved one’s memory care needs have grown beyond what you can effectively provide at home, you’ll find safety, comfort and personalized memory care at Saunders House.

Voted Best of the Main Line for 2016, Saunders House understands that loved ones’ requiring memory care have unique needs that demand special care, attention and safety measures. To meet this need, we created Care Traditions, a dedicated program to deliver specialized care and support with dignity to our memory care residents and their families.

Care Traditions is committed to enhancing the quality of life of our memory care residents. Within our safe Care Traditions floor, certified therapeutic recreation specialists provide a variety of social engagement therapies that stimulate the mind, body and spirit. We also encourage our residents to engage with others and enjoy enriching activities. 

Everything we do in Care Traditions promotes positive interactions among residents, staff, volunteers, family and friends. We offer our residents freedom and dignity, along with plenty of opportunities for socialization based upon individual abilities and desires. To foster a sense of belonging, memory care residents living within Care Traditions are invited to join in our community-wide activities whenever possible.

At Care Traditions, we are committed to making each new day for your loved one as pleasant, meaningful and life-enriching as possible.

We’d Love to Hear Your Thoughts!

If you have comments or questions about our blog on summer safety tips and memory care for your loved one, we’d love to hear from you. We also encourage you to share any of your caregiving experiences with us in our comments section.

We invite you to learn more about senior health and senior care topics by visiting the informative articles and tips on our website.

Discover Our Healthy Tradition of Care and Wellness

Located adjacent to Lankenau Medical Center, Saunders House – part of Main Line Senior Care Alliance – has a celebrated tradition of providing exceptional care and services to seniors and their families. It’s a tradition we’re proud to continue.

Voted Best of the Main Line 2016 by Loyal Readers, Saunders House offers a range of services – including short-term rehabilitation, traditional nursing care, restorative care, memory care, respite care and specialized care for individuals with visual impairments – all in a setting that is warm, welcoming and nurturing.

For more information on Saunders House, our Short-Term Rehabilitation program and other professional services, please call us today at (610) 658-5100 or contact us online.

Disclaimer: The articles and tip sheets on this website are offered by Saunders House and Main Line Senior Care Alliance for general informational and educational purposes and do not constitute legal or medical advice. For legal or medical advice, please contact your attorney or physician.

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