Having a Fab Fourth With A Senior


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If you’re like many of us at Home Instead Senior Care serving Central Oregon, Independence Day is the highlight of your summer. Not only is it a great opportunity to celebrate this extraordinary country of ours, but it’s also a time when friends and family come together to indulge in that special, laidback summertime kind of fun. And the food is pretty darn good, too!

The 4th is particularly special if you have the opportunity to share it with a senior. Whether they are veterans or not, they lived through and made sacrifices during some of the very wars and conflicts that our country has endured in service to our freedom, and we’re guessing they have some moving stories to tell.

As always, when including a senior in a celebration, there may be some special needs to consider. We’ve put together a few of them below, and we welcome any thoughts you have as well.

All of us at Home Instead Senior Care serving Central Oregon wish you and your loved ones a safe, happy and meaningful Independence Day.

  • Food safety: We generally think of grilling as a healthy way to prepare food, but red meat, the nitrates found in hot dogs and sausages and condiments can be landmines for those with dietary issues. If this is a concern for your senior, toss some shrimp (or chicken marinated in lemon juice or a low-salt sauce) on the barbie, instead. Also, kebabs are a fun and festive way to cook and serve lots of healthy vegetables.
  • Curbside service: If you’re going to a public fireworks display, make sure in advance that the walk from the car to the viewing area is not too far for your senior, and terrain is not too uneven. If possible, arrive early to get a better spot, or investigate whether there’s a drop off point where your senior can wait while you park.
  • Pyrotechnic precautions: For some seniors, fireworks might be a little too much. If your senior has Alzheimer’s or gets stressed out in circumstances where he/she is overly stimulated, you may want to take them home before the fireworks display or ensure they have a comfortable place to sit where the sound is muffled and the light isn’t too intense.

For more information, please contact Home Instead Senior Care of Central Oregon at 541-330-6400 or Like us on Facebook..

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