Senior Safety Tips for 4th of July
The Fourth of July is almost here, which means there are going to be plenty of parties, backyard cookouts and lots of fun and fireworks for all. However, if you have a senior loved one in your life, this holiday can actually be quite overwhelming and present a few different potential safety issues for seniors. Any elderly adults should be able to enjoy all of the fun that the Fourth of July brings, but it is important that you take a few extra steps to make sure your loved one feels involved and stays safe on this holiday.
- Wait on the Fireworks- Sure setting off fireworks and sparklers is a fun part of Fourth of July, but this is an activity that can wait until after seniors are no longer at the party. It can present a number of safety hazards and be overwhelming to elderly individuals who are sensitive to sound.
- Make Sure Seniors Are Ready to Be Outside- The Fourth of July is one of those holidays where you simply spend time outdoors. Make sure your loved one is ready with plenty of sunscreen to prevent sunburns and by making sure they have a light sweater or jacket with them in case it gets colder in the evening. Dressing in cool, light layers is always best for situations like this.
- Keep Seniors Hydrated- Since the Fourth of July is all about being outdoors, make sure that your senior loved one is staying hydrated during your festivities. Dehydration is one of the top reasons seniors end up in the hospital so make sure that they are drinking plenty if they will be outdoors in the heat.
- Assign Someone to Help Your Loved One With Food- Fourth of July is a great time for cookouts, but you need to make sure that there is someone at your gathering who is helping your loved one make a plate so they can enjoy their food. Since most cookouts aren’t formal sit down dinners at a table, they can be more challenging for seniors so the more you can do to help them the better.
- Plan Some Indoor Activities- While the majority of your celebration may be outdoors, you should also plan for some indoor activities that can keep your loved one entertained, but indoors out of the heat.
- Try to Keep to Your Loved One’s Schedule- With fireworks starting so late in the evening, it can be normal for Fourth of July parties to go quite late into the night. This can be fun for some, but don’t try to push your loved one too far past their bedtime. Make sure someone is available to take them home, if needed.
Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.