Senior Care in Carmel, IL: Sun Safety Week

Sun Safety Week is an important week to highlight for those who provide senior care. While it may seem that the thrust of the week is to educate and inform younger people about the dangers of overexposure to the sun, it is actually an extremely important one for seniors to take into account as well as their senior care providers. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lives and the elderly are especially at risk. Considering they are older, and may have come from a generation before preventing skin cancer was a priority, many do not protect themselves in ways that we know are needed. As they subject themselves to harmful UV rays, it is a provider’s job to make sure they take proper precaution to prevent from developing a late, but very possible, case of skin cancer.

Senior Care in Carmel, ILMany elderly like to take as much time outside as possible. From those who can still operate without much help to those who need full time care, older people of all walks of life are spending more and more time outside. As more able-bodied elderly turn to activities like golf and long walks it becomes imperative they understand how to protect themselves with wide brimmed hats or visors, proper sunglasses and adequate sunscreen. Something as seemingly innocuous as playing a round of golf regularly can subject a person to enough unprotected UV ray penetration that skin cancer is a real possibility. For those who depend on someone else to get around, the case might be slightly easier, but still necessary. Make sure to have sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and umbrellas around to keep the sun from beating down on someone who cannot seek shade on their own.

If you are planning on a trip to the ocean or just to go hang out by the pool, make sure you prepare well. Over preparing is better than under preparing and having the right equipment and tools can be the difference between painful sunburns or subjecting one’s self or loved one to skin cancer and having a fun day in the water. Senior care providers must make sure to keep plenty of options on them at all times to properly care for the senior and make sure to remember to care for yourself too! Check your local newspapers and magazines to see if there are any events in your area that may be promoting Sun Safety Week. Many times you can find events that provide free sunglasses, hats and other means of protecting yourself and loved ones along with tons of information on how to keep you safe this summer.

The caregivers at Great Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your senior care needs. Great Care is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable senior care in Carmel, IN and the surrounding areas. Call (317) 595-9933 for more information.

About Julie Sullivan

Julie Sullivan is the Owner at GreatCare of Indianapolis IN.
GreatCare is a licensed, personal services agency, providing in-home care services to the Indianapolis, Indiana and surrounding areas. We serve the personal health and daily care needs of seniors or individuals who prefer to stay at home, but require assistance with everyday activities, such as dressing, personal hygiene, meal preparation, laundry or errands. Our team of certified nurse aids and home health aids can provide you with personalized, in-home care services to meet your needs, including:
Daytime hourly in-home care
Temporary or post-hospital respite care
24-hour, around-the-clock home care
Morning and evening care
Overnight / Slumber care
In addition, we offer our Care Compass service, to assist in setting the course for the next stage in your loved ones life. We guide you through the currents of aging, and help you find your true north. Our licensed nurses, with experience in hospice and geriatric care, will help guide you through the complex and often sensitive journey of selecting an in-home care service, and will provide a smooth transition to a new way of life for your loved one, without the anxiety and fear.

Our current nursing and management team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the home healthcare services industry. All of our caregivers are bonded, insured and screened thoroughly, so you know you’ll be receiving the greatest care possible. That’s why we stand by our mission: to deliver the same, quality care we expect for ourselves and our loved ones.