A day at the beach can be fun and relaxing, especially on the lovely beaches of Los Angeles. Wouldn’t it be fun to make a trip with your assisted living aide to enjoy the water and cool off? Here are 10 tips to make your trip a simple and worry free as possible.
Everyone enjoys catching some rays on the beach. I stress the importance of sunscreen at any age but seniors must take great care with the sun rays. Too much sun can lead to sun burns and even skin cancer. Sun burns are certainly no fun and can be very painful.
Choose a sunscreen to fit your activities for the day. Do you plan on going in the water? Be sure to choose a waterproof sunscreen. Take note of how often you should reapply your sunscreen. One application usually is not enough. Most last for 30 minutes to an hour, then you will be vulnerable to the sun rays again. Pick a sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher. You should also look for broad spectrum sunscreen that will protect your skin from UVA an UVB rays.
If you have trouble applying the sunscreen to your exposed skin, have your assisted living aide or family member help.
9. Take a Load Off
It’s fun wandering the beach looking for sea shells and sea glass but seniors might want to take a break. It’s a good idea to bring your own folding chair or lounge to take a rest from the beach activities.
8. Seeking Shade?
The Los Angeles sun rays are wonderful but sometimes you might just need a break. Bring a beach umbrella to set over your chair when you need a moment to rest. If you don’t have a beach umbrella, take a large rain umbrella to give you a break from the sun.
7. Hats On!
Wearing a hat can provide you with some shade and protection from the sun. Choose a wide brimmed hat for maximum protection. You may want to choose a hat with strings to protect against strong gusts of wind.
6. Keep Cool
Water, water everywhere; nor any drop to drink! It’s important to stay hydrated while out and about and especially in the heat. Fill up a cooler with ice and bottled water to drink. You could also bring a decanter with a spigot filled with ice water to stay cool and hydrated.
5. Bring Your Own Breeze
The beach is usually breezy but if you need a little extra air, bring a small portable fan. You could even use a hand fan for a little extra breeze. Some electronic hand held fans come equipped with a mister to spray you will cool water for an added chilling effect. When using this, remember if your sunscreen is waterproof or not.
4. Proper Footwear
Some seniors have special needs for their feet and should wear the proper footwear as long as possible. If you want to take a dip in the water, use water shoes to protect your feet against any debris that might be hiding in the sand. Make sure you dry your feet thoroughly before putting your regular shoes back on to prevent Athlete’s Foot and other infections.
3. First Aid
If you have an accident, it is always a good idea to carry a first aid kit to take care of it right away. Your first aid kit should contain bandaids of varying sizes, a cleansing wash and ointment for the cut. You should also have a small cloth for cleansing. If you injure your foot, please make an appointment with your doctor in case more serious measures should be taken.
With all the enjoyment and excitement at the beach, you are sure to get hungry! Pack some light snacks that can be kept in a cooler, like fruits, salads in containers and even sandwiches. Be sure to bring napkins. If you bring cloth napkins, you can save a few trees in the process. Please bring a bag for your trash and dispose of it properly so the beach can remain beautiful for everyone.
1. Family and Friends
You and your home care aide can have a great day at the beach but wouldn’t it be more fun with family and friends? Catch up with your long time friends on the sandy beaches or go sea shell hunting with your grandchildren. Who knows, you may even stumble across some beautiful sea glass. You can use your new treasures to make a memorable craft together.