Each year thousands of summertime celebrations are marred by fires and injuries that occur as a result of fireworks. While these classic symbols of patriotism and celebration are beautiful and exciting to watch, they can also be extremely dangerous when not used properly. As a family caregiver it is important to keep in mind that fireworks can be particularly dangerous for potentially vulnerable people such as children and the elderly. For example, sparklers are often seen as the ideal option for home celebrations and are given to very young children to hold. These items, however, can burn at 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals and start a fire if dropped on grass or other debris. Finding alternatives to using fireworks at summer celebrations with your family is a fantastic way to keep up the fun but ensure that your parent will stay safer throughout the summer months.
Let these alternatives to fireworks inspire you for ways to add sparkle and color to your summertime celebrations while avoiding the dangers of fireworks:
• Glow sticks. If your goal is to light up the night, glow sticks are a wonderful, heat-free way to achieve this goal. Available as classic sticks, bracelets, necklaces, and even novelty eyeglasses and hats, glow sticks come in a variety of colors. Look for traditional red, white, and blue for the patriotic holidays, or get creative with other colors.
• Tie-dye. Make your family the fireworks by creating tie-dye shirts together. Make them a day or two before the celebration so that they are ready to wear for the event. Add extra personality to these shirts by adding glitter or rhinestones when the shirt is dyed, soaked, washed, and dry.
• Homemade lanterns. A great way to fill the morning before your celebration is to make lanterns with the family. Use small scrapbooking paper punches to make decorative holes in pieces of construction paper then wrap these around a circle of cardboard and glue into place. Add in a battery-operated tea light and attach a circle of construction paper over the top by punching holes and using yarn to secure.
Starting senior care for your aging loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make to help them achieve and maintain the highest quality of life possible as they age in place. A senior home care services provider can be with your elderly loved one on a customized schedule that is right not just for their needs, but also for their personality and the lifestyle that they desire and deserve. This senior care provider will work with your parent to create a highly personalized set of services tailored to address their challenges and limitations as well as to help them pursue a life that is as fulfilling and engaged as possible. This means that your parent can stay happy, healthy, comfortable, and safe while also pursuing as much independence and activity as possible throughout their later years. Knowing that your elderly loved one has access to this type of support and care can be especially reassuring during family celebrations. A senior care provider can be with your parent to ensure that they stay safe and healthy while participating in the activity in the way that is right for them. This can also ease your stress, ensuring that your parent has what they need so you can focus on enjoying the activity.