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Senior Care Tips: Protecting Water Quality during Water Quality Month

Senior Care in Norwood, MA

Senior woman holding a glass of waterWater is an essential part of your senior care plan. From bathing and washing dishes, to doing laundry and cleaning the home, to cooking and of course just drinking, you and your elderly loved ones rely on having fresh, clean water to handle a wide array of vital tasks throughout each day of your care journey. Protecting the quality of the water in your parents’ home, as well as the water throughout the environment, is an important part of making sure that they have clean, healthy water to meet their needs.

August is Water Quality Month, the perfect opportunity for you to evaluate the quality of the water in your parents’ home, learn about how you can protect that water, and take steps to improve the quality.

One of the most important things you can do is take steps to avoid contributing to water pollution in your area. This helps to guard the quality and safety of the water in the environment and prevent potentially serious problems.

Keep these things in mind, and share them with your aging parents’ non-medical home care aide, to start doing more to protect the quality of water in your area:

  • Avoid using antibacterial soaps or house cleaning products
  • Never flush expired or unwanted medications or supplements down a sink drain or toilet
  • Never put anything, including solids, liquids, and lawn materials down storm drains
  • Always fix leaks in vehicles to prevent liquids from contaminating the ground
  • Avoid putting any chemicals, including fertilizers and pesticides, on your lawn
  • Evaluate household products and choose nontoxic and natural versions whenever possible
  • Cleaning up after pets and properly disposing of the waste
  • Limiting the amount of pavement you put down on properties

Of course, it is important to monitor the quality of the water within the home, as well. One of the most pressing issues of water quality within homes is hard water. This refers to water that contains high levels of minerals and other potential contaminants.

Some of the signs that there is hard water in your aging loved ones’ home include:

  • Skin that feels dry, tight, or itchy
  • Hair that feels dry, brittle, or unmanageable
  • Ring around the tub or sink
  • A strange smell or flavor in the water
  • Rust-colored stains on clothing

If you notice any of these issues, research water quality companies in your area to find out about water softening systems that treat water in the home. These systems effectively remove minerals and neutralize other compounds to improve the overall quality of the water and eliminate the negative impact of hard water. Usually these systems are fast and simple to install so you can start enjoying better quality water throughout Water Quality Month and the rest of the year. Also ask about water filtration systems that remove compounds from water directly from the tap so your elderly loved ones can drink clean, healthy, fresh water that does not involve all those plastic bottles.

If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Metrowest Boston, MA, call Griswold Home Care and speak to one of our caring staff members today. Call (781) 559-0073