Now that we’re in the swing of another gorgeous Minnesota summer, it’s a great time to talk about water safety for all ages.
The Red Cross reminds us that “a child or weak swimmer can drown in the time it takes to reply to a text, check a fishing line, or reapply sunscreen”. The best way to prevent drowning is to empower all swimmers with strong water competency skills.
According to the Red Cross, water competency includes water smarts, swimming skills, and helping others.
Water smarts include always wearing a life jacket and swimming with a buddy, as well as being aware of environmental factors like rip currents.
Swimming skills cover knowing how to enter the water, move in water, and safely get out of the water.
Helping others practice water competency helps keep everyone safe!! Swimming in an area with a trained lifeguard or unofficial monitor is always a good idea, and you can find more information from Water Safety USA
We hope these tips help you enjoy another wonderful summer in the state of ten thousand lakes!
I’m Joan, and I know home care from the inside out.
I’ve navigated my daughter through 24/7 home care nursing and managed her PCA’s. I’ve helped my parents move into (and out of) assisted living, Medicare episodes, skilled nurse visits, home health aids, and PCAs. Sandwiched in all of that, I’ve helped coordinate home care equipment and supplies, physical therapists, occupational therapists, county workers, and medications (oh, the medications). I know emergency departments, children’s hospitals, cancer wards, cardiac floors, and specialty units. I can recite health insurance policies (and call their bluff).
I know a lot of other things in life too, like Shakespeare, where to sit to see a great sunset over a lake, how to keep myself healthy, how to read a profit/loss statement and state statutes, when to use a comma, and that gratitude is one of the keys to success.
So I’m going to have this blog and write about home care from time to time. I’ll include topics like current legislation, professional boundaries in a tricky environment, and being a caregiver. I’ll also post some guest blogs from clients and nurses.
Join me in the conversation.