It’s summer time as I write this and most of the country is having a heat wave.
If you are thinking of going to the club or a community pool with a loved one I have some advice today that I found from Medscape Today News (subscription required). Michele Hiavsa, Chief of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Healthy Swimming Program reminds us that public pools may pose a health risk for everyone who enters the pool.
In a study released by the CDC, researchers found that hotel/motel pools (15.3 percent), and apartment/condo pools (12.4 percent) were most likely to require immediate closures due to improper disinfectant procedures and pH levels that can lead to the presence of disease-causing germs.
Improper disinfectant procedures and pH levels can lead to the presence of disease-causing germs, such as the Shigella, Salmonella and norovirus germs.
A person with dementia has a compromised immune system and is at increased risk for illness.Therefore, caregivers must be extra cautios and follow these 5 tips for water safety:
- If a person has diarrhea (and some medications can cause this condition) don’t allow your loved one in the pool for at least two weeks–for their safety and yours.
- No swallowing of the water.
- Keep water out of the ears.
- Don’t go in the water any cuts or open sores. Cover wounds with a waterproof protective bandage.
- Do not enter in cloudy water. Cloudy water could indicate the presence of microorganisms or improper PH levels
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