Being able to spend time outdoors with your loved one who has Alzheimer’s can be an enriching experience for them. However, summer can be a time when certain hazards come into play which should be recognized. Here are six things to consider when your Alzheimer’s patient is going outside.
- Don’t forget the sunscreen — Your loved one may not recall the need for sunscreen on a regular basis during sunny days. Help them by applying it regularly.
- Avoid noisy areas and crowds — Busy places and noise can overwhelm an Alzheimer’s sufferer, so consider your destination before taking them out. Summer activities such as fireworks might be best enjoyed from a distance.
- Use caution when water is present — An Alzheimer’s patient might wander away if unattended, and they won’t recognize the hazards of a swimming pool or local lake. If you live in a home with a pool a safety fence might be a good idea. Always accompany them if near open water areas.
- Help choose appropriate clothing for the season — Your loved one may not make proper decisions about clothing and might try to wear heavy clothes in warm weather. Put their winter clothing away and help them choose lighter and cooler clothing for summer.
- Avoid the hot time of day — Your loved one may not recognize they are overheating, so it’s best to stay indoors during the warmest time of day, usually from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in most areas.
- Make sure they drink liquids — Keep water around and encourage the Alzheimer’s patient to drink regularly. They may not realize they are thirsty.
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