Are You Using Sunscreen Properly?

As a family caregiver, your parent’s health and safety are at the top of your priority list. You take many steps throughout your care routine to support this, and one of the most important is making sure they wear sunscreen on a regular basis. While this might not be the first thing that pops into your mind when thinking about the ways you take care of them, it should be a part of your regular routine. Proper use of sunscreen protects the skin and helps prevent serious issues such as sunburns and skin cancer. Though this is something you have likely done many times before, it is important to make sure you are using it correctly so your parent can get the most out of the protection.

Use these tips to ensure your parent uses sunscreen properly:

Senior Care Boca Raton, FL: Seniors Sunscreen Use

Senior Care Boca Raton, FL: Seniors Sunscreen Use

● Don’t limit use only to days at the beach or long outings. Any time your parent’s skin will be exposed to the sun, they should be protected with sunscreen

● Check the expiration date before applying the sunscreen. Many people don’t even realize this product expires, and it is not as effective if used past this date. Usually it is one year, so avoid using sunscreen from the last season without checking the date first

● Do not leave sunscreen in the car in between uses. The heat breaks down the active ingredients and prevents proper protection for your senior’s skin

● Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before exposure to the sun

● Encourage your parent to apply sunscreen without clothing or with minimal clothing. It is important to remember that clothing shifts and sun can go through most fibers, so their skin should be thoroughly protected

● Sunscreen should be reapplied every couple of hours, especially after sweating, exposure to water, or toweling off

● Don’t overlook areas of the body that might not seem immediately obvious, but could be very sensitive, such as the eyelids, backs of the ears, and the part in the hair

 

Starting senior care for your aging parent can be a fantastic way to enhance your aging parent’s quality of life as they age in place. A senior home care services provider can be there for your senior on a schedule that is right not just for them, but also for the care you give them on a regular basis. This helps them to stay safe and healthy, while also encouraging independence, autonomy, and fulfillment throughout their later years. As their family caregiver, knowing your parent has this care can ease your stress and help you to feel more confident in your parent’s ability to live the life that they deserve.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care in Boca Raton, 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.

 

Source:

https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/Sunscreen-Tips-to-wear-it-well.h25Z1591413.html

 

 

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