June 18 is International Picnic Day: Planning the Perfect Picnic for an Older Adult

When is the last time your aging family member went on a picnic? If it’s been a while, June 18th may be just the right day to pack up a delicious lunch and take your loved one out to enjoy some fresh air. But, planning a picnic with a senior in mind isn’t quite as simple as just throwing some sandwiches in a basket and grabbing a blanket to sit on. Family caregivers will need to consider special circumstances and the needs of the older adult as they prepare for the day. Below are some tips for planning the perfect picnic for your older adult relative.

Caregiver in West Palm Beach FL: Planning the Perfect Picnic for an Older Adult

Caregiver in West Palm Beach FL: Planning the Perfect Picnic for an Older Adult

Find Out if Medications Are Affected by the Sun.

Some medications can make people sunburn more easily or make them susceptible to sun stroke. Before going on a picnic, family caregivers should talk to the senior’s doctor about whether any of their medications may cause a problem.

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen.

Prevent sunburn and reduce skin cancer risks by using sunscreen liberally. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Sunscreen should also be labeled as “broad spectrum” to protect from the different kinds of rays. It takes about an ounce of sunscreen to adequately cover the body (about the amount that would fit in a shot glass). Apply the sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going out and reapply every 2 hours.

Pack Plenty of Liquids.

Being outside in the warm weather can increase the risk of heat-related illness and dehydration. Be sure to bring plenty of water or other liquids along. Family caregivers should encourage older adults to drink more than usual, even if they don’t feel thirsty.

Keep Food Restrictions in Mind.

If the older adult is on a special diet because of a medical condition, prepare foods that conform to their diet plan. Also, try to prepare foods that are easy for the senior to eat. For example, if they have tremors or arthritic hands, a sandwich may be easier to manage than food that requires a fork.

Enlist the Help of Home Care.

Home care can make a picnic more enjoyable for both the older adult and their family caregiver. A home care provider can assist with preparing the food and packing essential items, like sunscreen. During the picnic, the home care provider can take charge of the older adult’s care so that the family caregiver can simply enjoy spending a pleasant day with their loved one.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in West Palm Beach, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.