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In Home Care Tips to Prevent Skin Cancer

Feb 3, 2017 by Comfort Keepers of Walnut Creek

Comfort Keepers of Walnut Creek, CA will do everything in our power to keep your senior loved one happy and independent in the comfort of their own home. Taking measures to prevent skin cancer is one of the ways we can help your loved one remain independent. Luckily for us, skin cancer is curable when caught early! This is a condition which in most cases can be prevented by just following some simple steps. In home care providers in Walnut Creek, CA offer advice for your loved one to keep their skin healthy.

Your senior loved one should consider screening themselves every month. This doesn’t take long and it can be a real life-saver. With using a hand mirror and a full-length mirror they can do a head-to-toe check up. If they have an impaired vision, or they can’t see some places on their body, an in home care providers can help them by checking their skin for new skin growths or changes in existing moles, freckles, bumps and birthmarks.

If your parent notices changes in their skin during a self-exam, they should immediately visit their doctor. They should keep an eye out for a spot or sore that itches, hurts, scabs, or bleeds, an open sore that does not heal within two weeks or a growth, mole, or birthmark that changes color, shape, or texture.

Using a sunscreen year-around with an SPF 15 or higher is an important part of protection. Your loved one should consider trying to stay out of the sun, especially between 10am and 4pm Avoiding the sun at its strongest helps them avoid the sunburns and suntans that increase their risk of developing skin cancer.

A Comfort Keepers in home care provider will also make sure your loved one is covered up with clothing, including a hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Your parent should also be aware of the side effects of any medications they take. Some common drugs, including antibiotics, can make their skin more sensitive to sunlight and more prone to sunburns. With your help, Comfort Keepers can help seniors live their golden years to the fullest.

To learn more about how Comfort Keepers of Walnut Creek, CA can improve your senior loved one’s life, please give us a call at (925) 344-4159.


Comfort Keepers of Walnut Creek, CA proudly provides quality in home care services and custom senior care plans to residents in following areas: Concord, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, El Sobrante, Hercules, Pinole, Pittsburg, San Pablo

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