Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Safety Tips for Family Outings with Older Loved Ones

Outings, family visits, and social gatherings play an important role in the wellbeing and health of the elderly. One of the best ways to support an elderly parent, spouse or other close relative is to include them in regular outings and events, but there are some additional precautions you should take when you leave the senior's safe, familiar environment. Proper planning and an awareness of your relative's mobility issues and mental health will help you create a safe and rewarding adventure you'll both enjoy.

Here are the main things you want to watch out for:


Loved ones with mobility issues that are well enough to go on regular outings with a group or family member are likely not suffering from diagnosed dementia, but could still be at risk of wandering. Wandering or eloping is prevalent in pre-diagnosed memory care patients and those who are just beginning to feel the effects of memory loss, but who are still able to hide the problem. Seniors who wander can simply leave the location you are visiting. Even a visit to the mall or a restaurant can become a problem if your elderly loved one heads to the restroom, then forgets where they are or who they are with.

Caregivers can help preventwandering by staying with their relative and walking with them, even if their pace is slow. Make the commitment to the day and plan on taking as much time as they need to get safely around. Memory loss can cause other issues as well; check for coats, wallets, purses and other essential items at each stop of your trip to make sure all items are accounted for.


A fun day for you may not be a fun day for a senior -- and they may not be willing to admit it. Watch carefully for the signs of physical overexertion, including changes in skin complexion (very pale or very flushed), rapid breathing and drowsiness. Elderly men, in particular, may not want to admit they are tired until they are in pain or very ill, so watch and suggest a rest when needed. Consider getting them a sleeping recliner for unwinding and relaxing after a day out and about. Extreme temperatures and lots of walking can quickly lead to overexertion for an older person, so an easy-access way to rest is essential for them to recover.

Slips and falls

Even though you are walking on the same surface, the wet pavement or icy steps are a much larger hazard for your elderly relative. Less nimble muscles, brittle bones, and slow reflexes can turn a simple slip on a wet store floor into a major injury, so be aware of badweather hazards before you leave home. Since an outing can be a big event for a senior, they may dress for the occasion; heels or hard soled shoes can make any hazards you encounter even worse. Offer an arm to assist the ladies -- and request help from older gentlemen, even if you don't need it. Doing so will give them the extra support they need to prevent a fall. Proper planning and an awareness of your relative's mobility issues and mental health will help you create a safe and rewarding adventure you'll both enjoy.

Making the commitment to take an elderly person on an outing will do wonders for you both. Preparing in advance and thinking about how your senior relative will handle your plans is the key to a successful and beneficial outing. Contact us to learn more about making the most of outings and everyday visits with your loved one; we're here to support you both.

Beauty Essentials for Your Summer

Do you feel like Summer has passed us by? I have been having days like that, especially since I have seen one of our trees in the yard starting to yellow. But tomorrow is calling for a warmer day again, and in a few months, we'll be leaving the Fall behind and heading south to Arizona where it stays "summery" year round. 

If you haven't had the chance to try some new Summer beauty essentials, there's still time-

We've rounded a few up and wanted to share with you to keep your eye out when shopping next time your out.

Suave Professionals is addressing the desire for light, voluminous hair that moves with touchable, natural bounce with their Suave Professionals Rose Oil Infusion collection. Infused with pure rose oil, this this lightweight shampoo & conditioner system adds natural volume that’s petal-soft to the touch.

To help counteract the effects of pollution, Dove has transferred the impressive credentials of micellar water technology to NEW Dove Anti-Stress Micellar Water Body Wash and Beauty Bar – becoming the first to bring micellar water technology to the mass U.S. Body Wash market.

The NEW Dove Anti-Stress Micellar Water Body Wash and Beauty Bar with mild micellar technology refreshes skin while gently cleansing away pollutants and environmental stressors like dirt and impurities to reveal soft, smooth skin – making it the perfect cleanser as you travel this summer!

We also know that summer can leave your skin feeling sweaty and at times dried out if you frequently use the air conditioner, but Dove DermaSeries has got you covered. Dove DermaSeries is Dove’s newest line of fragrance-free and hypoallergenic products for people with dry skin including dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. 

The DermaSeries line consists of 8 products, from an expert repairing balm to a non-greasy hand cream and gentle cleansing body wash that will soothe and hydrate the skin, leaving it soft and moisturized. Perfect to use all year-round, Dove DermaSeries products will make caring for your skin easy and help you create a summer beauty routine you love.

And no matter if you’re traveling across the country or commuting to work, Beauty Finish Dry Spray Antiperspirant is perfect for beating the summer heat! It provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection and all the care of Dove, while going on instantly dry.

I personally LOVE DOVE products. They never let me down with my beauty routines! Even Gerry loves their men's line too. 

Also BAND-AID Brand Adhesive Bandages offers plenty of first-aid essentials for the great outdoors. BAND-AID Brand HYDRO SEAL Adhesive Bandages for wound care and foot care are 100% waterproof and keep dirt, germs and bacteria out, so your body’s natural healing power can go to work.

And with  summer well under way, the new BIC Soleil Balance razors offer a flawless shave at an affordable price. This budget-friendly 2-in-1 razor will allow you to skip the hassle of shaving cream, with five flexible blades and moisture bars with shea butter for silky smooth closeness. These razors are awesome!

Watch this spot though as we are adding to our product round up very soon!