The 4th of July celebration is a joyous time to spend bonding with family and friends and making fun memories. However, it’s important to be mindful of your elderly loved ones to make sure they enjoy the festivities safely. As a caregiver, you’ll want to keep these tips in mind.
Minimize Noise Levels
The raucous of fireworks and shotguns firing can affect the peace of an elderly adult, especially those suffering from dementia. Fourth of July celebrations can be chaotic, and it’s best to keep your loved one in a calm environment away from loud noises so that they may enjoy the celebrations without any extra anxiety or stress.
Avoid Sun Exposure
While it may be fun to relax outside on a lounge chair during a hot summer day, the summer heat is particularly dangerous for elderly adults. If you’re planning on spending time outside on picnic tables, or simply playing football, make sure your loved one resides under the cool shade away from the harmful heat. Give them plenty of fluids to keep them hydrated, and check on them constantly to avoid possible risks such as heat stroke.
Let Them Take Part in Safe Activities
Whether you are having a cookout, or a small indoor party to celebrate the holiday, one activity seniors can enjoy is decorating with arts & crafts. Place a few decorative materials and help your loved one decorate for the July 4th festivities.
Get Away From the Grill
While you are barbecuing hot dogs, steak, and other meals on the grill, make sure to keep your loved one far away from the fiery machine. You want to avoid any potential accidents while cooking with fire.
Know Their Limits
It goes without saying, but make sure not to push your loved one beyond their limit. Provide a wheelchair or comfortable seating with back support so they can be at ease. If they are tired, let them have their rest.
May you and your loved one enjoy a safe and fun 4th of July celebration with family and friends!