Keep Your Parents Safe at the Beach With These Tips

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As the weather warms up, many families head to the beach. May is National Water Safety Month. While you may think only your children need a refresher in water safety, your parents should also be in on the discussions.

Elder Care in Pembroke Pines FL: Senior Beach Safety
Elder Care in Pembroke Pines FL: Senior Beach Safety

In 2013, WHO’s data found that adults over the age of 70 had the second highest rate of unintentional drownings. While children 4 or younger accounted for 12.6 out of every 100,000 people in the world, people 70 or older accounted for 7.5 out of every 100,000. In the U.S., statistics found that people 65 or older accounted for more deaths than children aged 4 or younger.

Talk About Water Safety at the Ocean

At the beach, you may not pay as close attention to your parents as you are your young children. Your parents are experienced swimmers, so they don’t need help. You should remember that if your parent were to go too far out and get caught in rip currents, they may tire easily and be unable to swim parallel to the shore for long enough to free themselves.

If your parent is in a rip current make sure they know to scream for help. Pride has no place in this dangerous situation. If they can’t swim, they should turn onto their back and let the rip current take them as far as it needs. Once they’re out of it, they can swim back to shore in a different location or wait for help to arrive.

Don’t Ignore Safety at Rivers and Lakes

That’s just the ocean. If you’re at a lake or river, there are other things you need to talk about. Rivers have currents and rocks. Your parent should only swim in pools where the currents are minimal. If they see any signs warning them not to swim in a particular area, they need to stay safe and obey the signs. In a lake, they need to watch for others using paddleboards, canoes, or jet skis. They should also stay in the area marked with buoys.

No matter where your parents are, you all need to keep an eye on each other. Use the buddy system while swimming. If your parents aren’t strong swimmers, they should stay in shallow water.

Take a Caregiver Along

If your parent has dementia and is prone to wandering, pay extra and have a home care aide join your family for the day. With an extra person focusing on your parent’s care, you’ll have a safe, fun day out.

Have you ignored hiring home care services up to this point? It’s tempting to save money and try to do it all, but you’ll burn out. Call a home care agency and talk to a representative about the benefits of caregivers.

If you or a family member are in need of Elder Care in Pembroke Pines, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.


About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.