Monthly Archives: June 2017

8 Ways to Keep Your Elderly Loved One Safe This Summer

Life is pretty good right now in the Pacific Northwest. School is out for the year; the sun has come out to stay for a while and everyone is happy. Summer has officially arrived!

We are just a little bit excited. After all, we have had to live through months of rain and cold weather to get to this point. If you’re anything like us, then you likely have Summer activities planned every weekend from here until Labor Day.

However, with all the fun in the sun planned, the Summer weather and increased outdoor activity can pose significant health and safety risks for your elderly loved one.

As a matter of fact, statistics show that high summer temperatures can increase the risk of death for people who suffer from chronic lung disease, diabetes, heart attack sufferers and heart failure sufferers. In addition, researchers found that mortality risk for those aged 65 and older increases slightly during the summer.

Fortunately, with the proper knowledge of what to look for and how to remedy it, you can ensure your loved one stays safe during these hot months. Below you will find 8 ways to help your elderly loved one have a safe, fun and memorable Summer.

Dress for Success
As in any season, dressing appropriately for the weather during the Summer is critical. We suggest wearing clothing that fits loosely and is light in weight and color. The darker the color, the more it soaks up the heat. In addition, wearing full coverage hats and sunglasses that block out UVA and UVB rays can keep your head and eyes safe from the rays.

Lather on the SPF
Whether its cloudy or hot with clear skies, whenever your elderly loved one ventures outdoors make sure you have them apply sunscreen to their skin. This prevents them from burning and harming their skin. Experts recommend opting for sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or higher.

Drink the Right Liquids
Staying hydrated in the Summer could mean the difference between a good time and a hospital visit, and not all liquids are created equal. During the hot summer months, you will want to limit the amount of alcohol and caffeine your loved one drinks because they accelerate dehydration. Your loved one should aim to drink 8 or more 8 ounce glasses of water or juice each day. Finally, since your body is losing sodium and potassium through sweating it is good to drink sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade to stave off dehydration.

Enjoy the Cool of the Day
Everyone loves the Summer because the good weather makes getting outside for activities that much more enjoyable. However, during periods of extreme heat you should plan your outdoor activities/chores for early in the morning or in the evening once the temperature cools off. As a matter of fact, many recommend staying out of direct sunlight during the peak hours of 10 am- 3 pm.

Huddle Around the Air Conditioning Unit
Ok, so you don’t really have to huddle around it, but we do recommend spending Summer days with extreme heat in a cool, air conditioned building. Fans will work good as long as the building temperature does not exceed 85 degrees. If you do not have an air conditioning unit and your building is uncomfortably hot, there are many public buildings that have air conditioning including libraries, malls and community centers to name a few.

Check Your Medicine
Many elderly loved ones take daily medication. Since there are some medicines with side effects that include increased sensitivity to sunlight, it is important to check your medications. If your loved one does take a medicine with that side effect, consult a doctor to see what their options are.

Don’t Forget the Bug Spray
As we all know, Summer is synonymous with mosquito season. Not only are bug bites annoying, elderly loved ones are more susceptible to contracting diseases such as West Nile Virus. So, before your elderly loved one treks outside, make sure they spray on some insect repellant.

Know the Signs of Heat Stroke/Exhaustion
If your loved one spends extended periods of time in the heat, please be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you would like to know more about heat exhaustion you can read our blog regarding the topic here: Heat Illness.

Finally, if you care for an elderly loved one and would like help developing a care plan of any kind please feel free to contact us. Wiser Home Care Services can help your family establish a care plan to personally accommodate your loved one’s needs.

The Ultimate Father’s Day Blog: Dad Facts, Dad Jokes and Dad Gifts

Perhaps it’s their dry sense of humor, outdated sense of fashion or lackadaisical parenting styles, whatever it is, Dad’s seem to be the butt of many jokes. In fact, there are entire websites and blogs devoted to ‘Dad’ jokes.

Despite this, there’s no denying that we love our dads, which is why this Sunday is devoted completely to celebrating them. That’s right. Father’s Day is right around the corner.

To celebrate our dads, we thought it would be fun to devote this blog entirely to Fun Dad Facts, some good Dad-approved jokes and a few ideas of what to get your dad this Father’s Day.

Let’s get started with some Fun Dad Facts. Did you know…

  • Stay-at-home dads are one of the fastest growing groups in America with 214,000 and counting.
  • Giving dad a necktie is the most popular gift of all time.
  • Father’s Day is the busiest day of the year for collect phone calls.
  • A. Milne created Winnie the Pooh for his son, Christopher Robin.
  • 87 million cards are sent each year in the name of Father’s Day, which makes it the fourth-largest greeting card holiday.
  • The oldest father of a newborn was age 94 when his daughter was born.
  • Male seahorses carry the babies in eggs in a bodily pouch until they are fully developed.
  • Roses are the official flower of Father’s Day

We must admit, before this blog we didn’t know many of these facts either. They are pretty cool, huh?

So, who’s ready for some Dad-approved humor? AKA Dad Jokes. We sure are. Below are some of our favorites:

  1. How many apples grow on a tree? All of them.
  2. Why did the coffee file a police report? It got mugged.
  3. Why did the scarecrow win an award? He was outstanding in his field.
  4. Why couldn’t the bicycle stand up by itself? It was two tired.
  5. The shovel was a ground-breaking invention.
  6. Two goldfish are in a tank. One says to the other, “do you know how to drive this thing?”
  7. What time did the man go to the dentist? Tooth hurty
  8. A ham sandwich walks into a bar and orders a beer. Bartender says, “Sorry, we don’t serve food here.”
  9. Why do chicken coops only have two doors? Because if they had four, they would be chicken sedans.
  10. What’s Forrest Gump’s password? 1forrest1

We hope you got as much of a kick out of those jokes as we did. Don’t forget to share them with dad. We are sure he will love them.

On to the finale: The Father’s Day gift. This is the tough part. Buying gifts for our aging loved one’s can be difficult because they tend to be more interested in comfortable, practical gifts that improve their quality of life rather than gifts of grandeur.

To help you find the right gift, we have gathered several ideas below:

Hire a groundskeeper or do his chores for him
Dads are often in charge of maintaining the lawn, fixing the house and cleaning the outside. However, as we age this can become increasingly more difficult and dangerous. Hiring a helping hand for your dad would bless him greatly and keep him safe.

Go with the Gift Card
Living the retired life can be nice but being on a fixed income could cause loved ones to stress. This often leads to them only investing in necessities rather than wants. Treat your dad with a gift card to his favorite restaurant, store, sports team game or golf course. This will ensure that dad enjoys some financial-stress-free leisure.

Have a Nice Trip, See You Next Fall.
It’s always fun to look in old family albums and take a trip down memory lane. Take it one step further this year and plan a road trip to your father’s old stomping grounds. Not only will he love getting away for a while but the memories made on road trips last a lifetime and the nostalgia will create a perma-grin on your father’s face.

Go with the Cable Sports Package
If your dad loves sports, purchase him a year subscription to the upgraded cable tv sports package. Now he can watch all his favorite teams from the comfort of his living room.

Subscription to Ancestry.com
As we age, we tend to become more and more interested in our family’s history. Investing in a subscription to Ancestry.com will help your dad track the family tree and he may even learn some interesting facts about your family in the process.

Invest in Companion Care
Whether your dad is sick and in need of help, or simply lives alone and would love some company, Wiser Home Care Services provides companion care. Our base level of companion services includes a variety of help from laundry, errand services, and daily check-in to other basic services that make living at home easier.

We hope these ideas inspire you to give your dad the best Father’s Day he would never ask for.

From all of us here at Wiser Home Care Services: Happy Father’s Day.