Summer is almost here and we are already feeling the hot temperatures in Arizona. So, how can you keep your loved ones with dementia safe during the warm summer months? Here are some helpful tips!
Warm weather (Especially in AZ!)
During the hot summer days, always limit your loved one’s exposure in the heat and sun. If your loved one is going to be spending time outdoors in the sunshine, make sure they stick to shades areas, wear a hat, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. It is best to avoid going outdoors when the sun is strongest, which is usually between 11am and 4pm in Arizona.
As always, it is important that your loved one drinks plenty of water and stays hydrated. Make sure they try to avoid drinking alcoholic and sugary beverages in the heat. To spruce things up, you can always add flavor to their water!
To avoid any confusion, put away winter clothes and only have summer clothes accessible. You can help your loved one get dress appropriately for the warm temperatures.
Vacation is common during the summer, so be extra cautious while traveling. Always pay attention and help your loved one around in new and unfamiliar settings. Make sure to carry all important documents and medications well on your travels. It also might even be a good idea to make sure your loved one wears some sort of identification, just in case the worst happens and you do get separated. Traveling with a loved one with dementia will take more time, so plan on extra time and keep the actual traveling short and no more than five hours.
When not traveling, get-togethers and festivals are also common during the summer months. Sometimes large crowds and loud noises can increase a loved one’s anxiety. You might want to stick to watching fireworks at home or go on your picnics and outings early to avoid crowds. Always be safe when around campfires and barbecues, and never leave a loved one with dementia unsupervised nearby. Also, never leave them unsupervised while swimming.
You can have a fun and safe summer with your loved one as long as you plan and be smart!
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