When the weather is warm and sunny, the pool is the perfect place to get some refreshing exercise outdoors. However, the pool is also a place where many accidents occur, so it is necessary for in-home Colorado Springs caregivers to consider the following safety tips before heading to the pool with their senior loved ones.
Don’t Swim Alone
The buddy rule always stands regardless of age. Since seniors have an elevated risk of injury while at the pool, they should never swim alone. The best option is having a lifeguard present, but there should at least be another able-bodied person such as yourself or a Colorado Springs respite caregiver who can watch or accompany your loved one at all times.
Use the Right Sun Protection
The best sunscreen to use by the pool is one with an SPF of at least 30 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. It is important to reapply the sunscreen every hour or so, since it slowly wears off in the water. You might also consider purchasing a sunscreen that is sweat and water-resistant.
Be Careful Entering and Exiting
Most senior accidents in the pool happen as seniors get into and out of the pool because there is a high risk of slipping and falling. The safest way to transition in and out of the pool is to use a pool entrance that has broad steps and a metal handrail. Some seniors may need extra help getting into the water, so be ready to guide them.
There is a big risk for dehydrating in a pool because seniors may not realize how thirsty they are. Doctors recommend that seniors drink at least 32 ounces of liquid for each hour that they swim. Sports drinks with calories are a good way to prevent blood sugar crashes during lengthy periods of exercise, though water is typically the standard.
Remove Clutter from the Pool
While an elderly person is swimming, any vacuums, pool tools, toys, or rafts that could trip a senior or trap them under the water should be removed. The only items in the pool should be any objects the senior needs to use while swimming, such as a foam board, innertube, or noodle.
You can keep your loved one safe at the pool this summer with help from a trusted home care agency in Colorado Springs. Home Care Assistance of Colorado Springs provides reliable live-in, hourly, and respite care that enables seniors to maintain independence while living at home and prevents family caregivers from burning out. Our trustworthy caregivers are dedicated to helping seniors make the most of their golden years by assisting them with daily activities around the house while offering safety monitoring and emotional support. Learn more today by calling an experienced Care Manager at (719) 822-1229 today to schedule a complimentary consultation.