Swimming Pool Safety for Seniors

Swimming Pool Safety for Seniors

When you consider swimming pool safety, your thoughts may go to small children, as many pool rules are written with them in mind. But, it’s a good idea to be familiar with pool safety as it relates to seniors if you plan to spend time with your parent(s) around a pool this summer. The team at LinerWorld, a pool specialist, has come up with a number of ways to eliminate the hazards that seniors may face in and around pools to ensure a safe swimming environment is maintained. Here are the top five: Invest in pool stairs rather than pool ladders. There are many different sets of pool stairs designed for easy access in and out of the pool, not just for elderly people, but for swimmers of all ages. For some, a steep ladder might prove too difficult to climb, so it’s important to make your access point as easy to use as possible. Avoid swimming alone. Regardless of age, swimming alone always poses a risk. Make sure there’s someone nearby able to assist seniors or call for help in case there were to be an emergency situation. Install pool alarms. Creating a safe pool environment for seniors means preparing well in advance in case an emergency occurs. Installing a pool alarm ensures nobody will enter the pool undetected, which can be extremely helpful when dealing with elderly individuals and memory loss. Pool alarms are also incredibly valuable for families with young children and pets. Clear the swimming pool area of all unnecessary clutter. Removing all trip and fall hazards around the pool area is essential in creating...
Car Safety Tips for Senior Drivers

Car Safety Tips for Senior Drivers

As your parents age, it’s a good idea to pay attention to their driving ability, as it can decline due to issues related to eyesight, reflexes and general health. Equally as important, however, even if your parents are exceedingly good drivers, is to ensure their car is safe for the road. Tips abound regarding how to prepare a car for a road trip, and many of those same tasks should be done on a regular basis on your parents’ car — even if they don’t drive a whole lot. Remember that a car ages even while sitting in a garage. To ensure your parents’ car is safe to drive: Check fluids. This includes the oil, coolant, brake fluid and windshield washer levels. Check the tires’ air pressure. You’ll find the recommended pressure in the owner’s manual or on a sticker on the body where the driver’s door shuts. That number is the max pressure, so it shouldn’t be exceeded. Remember to check the spare tire, too. Make sure the oil and oil filter are changed regularly. If your parents don’t drive a lot, you’ll want to go by miles driven rather than time to determine when this service is warranted. At a minimum, an annual change is recommended. Check for tire wear. Use a penny or a tread gauge to ensure there is at least 1/16th or 1.6mm of tread left. It’s very dangerous to drive on tires that are “bald” or headed that way. Check the air filter. It’s important to make sure the engine is getting a plentiful supply of clean air, which improves the car’s performance...
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