Journal of Gerontological Nursing

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SUMMER SAFETY

Abstract

The summer provides an excellent opportunity to take an elderly relative or friend on outings to break a person's indoor routine, but a few simple precautions need to be ten. The Illinois Council on LongTerm Care offers a top 10 list for making summertime activities safe for elderly adults.

* Protect elderly adults from the sun. Sunblock should be applied to elderly adults at least 15 minutes prior to taking them outside.

* Have older adults wear hats and sunglasses, lightweight, long-sleeved tops, and long skirts or pants.

* Be aware of elderly adults' difficulty with light adjustment.

* Monitor individual for heat exhaustion.

* Supply adequate fluids.

* Watch out for bees and insects.

* Make sure perishable foods are properly chilled.

* Use safe grilling techniques.

* Ensure adequate air conditioning or ventilation for transportation.

* Take a backpack of safety items on your outing.

For more information about the Illinois Council on Long Term Care an other helpful tips, please access http://www.nursinghome.org.…

The summer provides an excellent opportunity to take an elderly relative or friend on outings to break a person's indoor routine, but a few simple precautions need to be ten. The Illinois Council on LongTerm Care offers a top 10 list for making summertime activities safe for elderly adults.

* Protect elderly adults from the sun. Sunblock should be applied to elderly adults at least 15 minutes prior to taking them outside.

* Have older adults wear hats and sunglasses, lightweight, long-sleeved tops, and long skirts or pants.

* Be aware of elderly adults' difficulty with light adjustment.

* Monitor individual for heat exhaustion.

* Supply adequate fluids.

* Watch out for bees and insects.

* Make sure perishable foods are properly chilled.

* Use safe grilling techniques.

* Ensure adequate air conditioning or ventilation for transportation.

* Take a backpack of safety items on your outing.

For more information about the Illinois Council on Long Term Care an other helpful tips, please access http://www.nursinghome.org.

10.3928/0098-9134-20010801-03

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