July is National Picnic Month. Pick a sunny day, invite the family, your elderly loved one and their senior care aide and discuss the best places to meet up for a leisurely afternoon together. Before you set off, make sure you’ve packed these items to ensure you have a fun, safe picnic together.
Not only does a sunburn sting and itch for days, but it’s also a leading cause of skin cancer. Instead of putting your family at risk, invest in sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. You also want a mineral-based one, especially if you’re at the ocean. You want to choose a broad-spectrum formula that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
When you apply sunscreen, you should do so 15 minutes before going outside. If you have a 30-minute drive to the picnic area, use it before you leave home. Cover all exposed skin, including the ears and eyelids. Sunglasses and a hat add additional protection.
Depending on where you have the picnic, you may be dealing with biting flies, mosquitoes, and stinging insects. Bug spray can keep them away. If you’re in the woods, make sure the bug repellent works on repelling ticks. You may want to bring a tick removal tool on the chance that someone gets bitten by one.
Whether you use refillable water bottles or want to purchase some for the picnic, make sure you have enough to last the day. Fill a cooler with water bottles and ice to keep them cold.
Your parents should be drinking half a bottle of water every couple of hours. If it’s hot or they’re sweating a lot, they should increase the amount they’re drinking. Make sure everyone else drinks plenty, too.
Hand Cleaning Wipes
Cleaning hands may be tricky if there are no sinks close by. Just in case, keep some wipes available for quickly wiping hands after the meal. Make sure they go into a trash bin or bag. If there are no trash receptacles at the picnic site, you’ll want to have a bag to put trash in to bring home.
Help from Senior Care
Spend as much time with your parents as you can, but you shouldn’t put your life on hold. If you need to work, do so. If you are planning a vacation with your spouse, make sure you go. While you’re busy, your parents don’t have to be alone. Senior care services are the ideal solution.
With senior care aides helping your parents, you don’t have to feel stressed or obligated to cancel your plans. Caregivers help them, and you’re free to do things you either want or need to do on your own. Call to make arrangements.