Before you head outside with your residents this Fourth of July weekend, make sure you have a sun safety plan in place!
We recommend taking the following steps:
- Ask residents' families to purchase sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottles and hats for their loved ones. Ensure that the residents' names are written on the items.
- Encourage residents to wear lightweight pants and long-sleeved shirts to protect them from the sun's rays.
- Medications and some medical treatments can make residents more susceptible to sunburns. The nursing department should make a list of all sun-sensitive residents.
- Residents should be encouraged to come indoors periodically to cool off and prevent sunburn.