Best Dementia Safety Tips For Seniors Living in Tucson, AZ
Keep Your Loved One Safe And Healthy in Arizona’s Hot, Dry Climate With These Tips
Caring for a loved one with memory challenges brings on a certain set of special considerations, but living in an extreme climate like Arizona can compound some safety concerns. People living with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other memory challenges may have trouble regulating their body temperature or hydration, and they may be more at risk for certain unsafe situations.
But with the right information, you can keep your loved one safe in sunny Arizona. The expert team at Copper Canyon Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Tucson, Arizona, is bringing some common safety concerns to your attention, as well as giving helpful tips for keeping your loved one safe and healthy:
People with dementia or Alzheimer’s may need some extra help remembering to drink water as often as they should. They may not recognize that they are thirsty or may not be able to communicate to their caregivers that they feel thirsty. The extreme heat in summer (and all year long) in Arizona can cause dehydration more quickly and more severely than in other environments, meaning you must stay ahead of your loved one’s water needs. Help them out by setting hourly timers or always keeping their water in front of or near them. When they relocate, take the water to them, and make sure you keep their glass or water bottle filled.
People experiencing memory challenges may also experience issues with balance and spatial awareness. Falls can be devastating for seniors in any environment. But where the climate is hot year-round, there is an added risk of the ground being hot enough to cause burns to bare skin. Make sure your loved one remains safe from falls by assisting them with mobility where needed, or using proper mobility aids, such as a cane or wheelchair, if necessary.
Keep Your Loved One Close
It’s not uncommon for people experiencing memory challenges to wander or get lost. Keep your loved ones close and accompany them where they want to go so you can assist in helping them navigate their surroundings. You may also consider asking them to help with daily home tasks that happen around the same time each day, like helping with dinner or feeding pets, in order to establish a location-based routine for them.
Practice Swimming Pool Safety
Backyard pools are more common in Tucson than other areas—it is the desert, after all! But swimming pools can pose problems for loved ones with memory challenges. Concrete can become slippery when wet, and loss of balance can make it unsafe for them to be near water unattended. To safeguard against this, maintain a fence around your pool and try to keep concrete around the area dry. When you do take them for a swim, ensure that the water temperature is comfortable and that you’re present and enjoying the pool with them.
Maintain their Comfort Outdoors
Being outside and enjoying the fresh air is a vital part of living a healthy and happy life. But when you’re out enjoying nature, be sure to give your loved one proper protection against the heat and sun. The risks of sunburn and dehydration are intensified in the desert heat. Be sure to apply lots of sunscreen before going out, have a nice place in the shade for them to sit, and make sure they have lots of water. Set a timer so they’re not out longer than they should be.
At Copper Canyon, we know that the beautiful Arizona weather is a blessing. But we also know that it’s important to keep your loved one safe, comfortable, and happy in the heat.
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour, contact the friendly team at Copper Canyon today.