Senior Care in Havana FL
Now that the warmer temperatures and beautiful new growth of spring has finally returned, your thoughts are likely turning to how you can bring your senior care efforts outside. When you are making these plans, it is important that you keep your parent’s safety and health in mind, and that includes proper sun precautions.
It is a common misconception that people only really need to use sun safety guidelines during the summer. While the temperatures are not as high and the sun does not feel as intense during the spring as it does in the summer, it can still cause damage. The sun during these months still emits the rays that can lead to eye damage, sun burns, sun damage, and the increased risk of skin cancer. It is vital that you properly protect your parent whether she is just doing some gardening with you or heading out on a special outdoor outing with her senior health care services provider.
Use these sun safety basics to help you keep your loved one safe and healthy when you head outside this spring:
- Use a minimum 30 SPF. The SPF, or sun protection factor, of sunscreen is the measurement of how much it protects your skin from the rays of the sun. While some people reach for low end numbers such as 15 thinking that they are protected, that is only acceptable if you are just going from the house to the car and then into another building. If your parent will be spending any time outside, the minimum SPF is 30.
- Cover all skin. The best way to apply sunscreen is when you are not wearing any clothing. This ensures that you are covering areas that may be accidentally exposed when you reach, bend, or move, and ensure that your skin is protected from the sunlight that goes through the fabric of your clothing.
- Protect in advance. Sunscreen does not become effective immediately. Apply the protection at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun. This gives it time to sink into the skin and become active, ensuring that your parent’s skin is protected the entire time that she is outside rather than allowing exposure for a time and then providing protection.
- Guard the face. The skin on your face is extremely delicate and vulnerable, and this is even more true for seniors. Applying sunscreen to this skin can create a heavy, uncomfortable feeling and lead to breakouts. It may also not be enough. Use a lightweight sunscreen designed specifically for the face and ensure that your parent wears a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun from shining on her face.
- Do not forget the eyes. Your parent’s eyes are also very vulnerable to the sun. Just as the skin can become damaged through overexposure to sunlight, the eyes can experience damage as well. Too much sun exposure can increase the rate of vision loss and increase the chances of developing eye diseases. Encourage your parent to wear sunglasses with proper UV protection. Look for styles that curve around the outside of the eye to prevent rays from reaching the eye from those angles.