As the warmer weather of spring and summer comes, more people are heading outside to enjoy quality time with their loved ones. If outdoor experiences are going to be a part of your warm weather caregiver efforts for your parent, it is important to recognize the potential dangers they might face and take steps to protect them from these dangers.
One that might not immediately stand out to you is bug bites.
While you may think of these as only a nuisance, they can be far more dangerous than that. Bug bites such as from mosquitos and ticks can carry illnesses that can be very serious and put your parent’s health at risk. These bites can also be itchy, which can cause your parent to scratch and create tears or injuries that may lead to infection. Fortunately, protecting your loved one from these dangers can be as simple as a few steps to prepare for outdoor experiences, and managing bites that do occur as promptly and effectively as possible.
Use these tips to protect your loved one from the dangers of bug bites:
-Ensure your parent is properly protected with a high-quality bug spray whenever they go outside. Especially if they are going to be near high grass or trees, look for a spray with the ingredient DEET.
-When possible, discourage your parent from wearing dark clothing when outside, particularly during the morning and evening hours. Bugs are attracted to darker clothing and may be more likely to bite.
-If your parent will be out in the evening or near tall grass or trees, encourage them to cover as much skin as possible. Especially important for the issue of ticks, long pants tucked into socks with boots will provide valuable protection.
-Consider using citronella candles throughout the area when spending time outside. These discourage bugs from entering the area and reduce the risk of bites.
-If your senior does get a bug bite, encourage them to wash the area with soap and water to remove germs that can lead to infection.
-Discourage scratching bites, which can lead to injuring the skin and the risk for infection.
-Ask their doctor about topical medications that can be used to reduce the itch.
-If your parent is bitten and shows any signs of infection or illness, including redness, tenderness, swelling, hot skin, fever, chills, feelings of fatigue, rash, or excessive pain or itching, do not hesitate to get in touch with their doctor to discuss the symptoms. Your parent may be suffering an illness or infection that could be dangerous and require treatment.
You’re never alone when you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult.
Though caring for a senior can feel overwhelming at times, the personalized services of a senior care provider and make it easier for your aging loved one to manage their needs and to live their highest quality of life. Not only will this give you confidence they are getting everything they need, but it will also ease your stress, and help you to focus on other aspects of your life and your parent’s care.
This senior home care services provider can help your parent remain compliant with their treatments, with medication reminders, support them in eating a healthy diet and help them stay more active, while also encouraging independence and engagement in the world around them.