Spring is here for many parts of the country, which means extra rainy days are on the calendar as the earth prepares itself for summer. Spring showers and early summer storms can darken blue skies within minutes. If you have a fun outdoor event coming up with your aging loved one and rain is in the forecast, don’t let that deter you. If you plan, you can still have a lovely day with your loved one despite the rain with these helpful tips, including companion care at home.
Don’t Rely on an Umbrella
While the first thought that may pop into your head when you know rain is on its way, is to bring an umbrella, sometimes an umbrella is not the best choice for your aging loved one. Carrying an umbrella means your loved one will lose one arm and hand for balance and possibly carry other items. An umbrella caught in a large wind gust can joggle an elderly person, causing someone with balance issues to stumble or fall.
This is not to say to forgo the umbrella altogether. If your loved one will be walking with someone like his companion care at home provider, they can bring an umbrella large enough for both of them and be the one to carry it, leaving your loved one’s hands free. If your loved one is heading out solo and has a fairly good sense of balance, he might want to try a smaller umbrella that will weigh less and be easier to use.
Wear Rain Gear
A rain jacket and a good hat can go a long way in protecting your loved one from falling raindrops while he walks around an outdoor festival or garden. Both will shield his body from the rain without adding any extra weight or items for her to carry.
Having a hat with a large brim can help a loved one who has glasses so that his glasses don’t get splattered on from the falling rain, making his vision obstructed and possibly causing him to not see as well as she should. While cheap plastic ponchos will help, they can get insufferably hot fairly quickly and usually aren’t well made, springing leaks in the arms and back. A nicely made raincoat with a good hood will keep your loved one dry and comfortable.
Choose Sandals or Boots
Depending on the temps, your loved one needs shoes that can get wet, and then preferably, keep the feet dry or like sandals, don’t bother the feet when they get wet. No matter which one you choose, have your companion care at home provider check those soles to make sure they still have good threads that’ll grip a wet sidewalk.
Even if your loved one has great water shoes, encourage him to go around those puddles. Puddles are usually created by uneven divots in the ground or pavement and stepping into one, while fun, make cause his foot to land on an uneven patch of ground.
So head out into the rain and don’t forget to look for a rainbow when you’re done!
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Companion Care at Home in Anderson, SC, contact Heart of the Carolinas Home Care at 864-991-3116. Providing Home Care Services in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Anderson, Spartanburg, Mauldin, Seneca, Laurens, Charleston, Columbia and the surrounding area.