The days are getting longer and warmer, so summer is right around the corner. That also means that more and more of us will spend time outside with our aging parents or friends with limited mobility. While it’s important to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, it can also be dangerous if we don’t prepare for the extra challenges of walking over uneven ground or in extreme heat. Here are some simple senior safety tips for taking your loved ones outside without compromising their safety:
Get Their Doctor’s Advice
It’s important to ask your parent’s doctor if they have any medical conditions that could make going outside difficult. If you know about any, it’s a good idea to speak with the doctor about them and what kind of help you can expect from him or her during your time outdoors.
If your parents are taking medication, find out which ones they are and whether it is safe for them to go outside in the hot weather. Find out if there are special instructions for using these medications in hot weather, as well as what other types of precautions should be taken when using these medications outdoors.
Some people need additional clothing when going outside in hot weather because their bodies may overheat more easily than others do; ask if this applies to your aging parents’ situation before sending them outside on a hot day!
If there is anything else doctors think would be helpful while they are out adventuring with family members (elderly or not), make sure everyone knows ahead of time, so no one gets surprised by something unexpected happening during an outing like this one!
Involve Them In The Planning
Involve your parents as much as possible in the planning. Ask them about their favorite things to do, best places to visit when they retire, and what it was like when they were younger. It can be helpful to start with something familiar and then add other locations until it becomes a routine activity. For example, if your mother loves shopping at farmer’s markets but can no longer walk far distances due to her limited mobility issues, take her on a walking tour of multiple farmer’s markets in your town for several weeks or months before introducing additional activities into the mix.
Use A Wheelchair Or Walker If Needed
Just like you, your elderly relative may need to use a wheelchair or walker to get around. This can be very beneficial for them as it gives them more control over their body and makes it easier for other people to help them if needed.
Remember, You Can Overdo It
It’s important to remember that your parents may not be as strong or resilient as they used to be, so you need to be sensitive and aware.
You don’t want them overexerting themselves, so keep in mind that you can always take breaks. You can stop for a few minutes or even an hour if necessary (depending on the situation).
Make sure it isn’t too hot outside, either—if it feels like your skin is burning and you start sweating profusely, then it isn’t cool enough for your aging parent’s comfort levels. Remember: our bodies respond differently according to age and health conditions!
You can make a difference in your aging loved one’s life by helping them to get outside. It’s important for everyone—and especially for aging family members with limited mobility—to get some fresh air and exercise every day. As you plan your outings, keep these safety tips in mind so that everyone stays healthy and happy!