Getting outside and enjoying time in water are popular ways to spend quality time with family and friends during the warmer spring and summer weather.
As a family caregiver, you should know that water activities such as swimming can be a great source of physical activity, and also a way to make memories with your senior you can cherish into the future. In order for your parent to get the most benefit, however, it is vital for you to understand the potential risks associated with swimming so you can help your parent to avoid them. One such risk is recreational water illnesses.
Also referred to as RWIs, recreational water illnesses are caused by bacteria, fungus, or chemicals in water. Some things you should know about these potential illnesses include:
-Recreational water illnesses are not just a result of natural water such as lakes, rivers, oceans, and ponds. They can also occur in man-made water features such as pools, hot tubs, and water parks
-RWIs from natural water sources are generally caused by germs in the water, while those from man-made water features can occur as a result of germs or of chemicals
-These illnesses occur after swallowing, breathing in, or otherwise having contact with contaminated water. Those with open wounds are at particular risk even if they do not consume the water
-Those who are already ill or suffering an infection, as well as those with suppressed immune systems, are at particular risk of contracting RWIs
-RWIs can lead to a wide variety of symptoms and illnesses, including skin infections, eye infections, ear infections, rashes, diarrhea, vomiting, and more
-Though the symptoms and illnesses associated with RWIs are often mild, they can also lead to very serious, and even fatal, conditions
Starting senior care can be one of the best decisions you make for your aging parent ordering your experience as their family caregiver.
A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule that is right not only for your parent’s individual care needs but also the level of care you regularly give them. This means that together you can personalize a caring approach to ensure your parent gets the care, support, and assistance that they need while also helping them to maintain greater independence and activity during their later years. This care also offers you more flexibility and freedom, easing your stress and allowing you to focus energy and resources on all responsibilities and needs in your life in the most effective and beneficial ways.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Health Care in Laguna Woods, CA, please contact the caring staff at Canaan Home Care today!