Beat the Heat This Summer – How Elderly Loved Ones Can Stay Cool in the Summer
As people who manage and run a senior living home and community catering to seniors from all over L.A. including Studio City, caring for our residents is one of our top priorities. With summers slowly hitting a peak, we’re aware that we’re going to need to take some extra steps to ensure those staying with us are kept safe through the scorching months to come!
If you’re someone over the age of 60 or someone caring for a senior loved one, we’ve got some tips and pointers for you!
Beating the Summer Heat
Many of us might not understand how lethal the heat can be for very young children and the elderly alike. In order to prevent any mishaps from occurring, here are some things you must do to in order to help yourself or the senior in your care stay cool this summer.
Hydration is Key
One of the biggest things you need to watch out for during the summers is dehydration. The risk of dehydration is high in the summers, especially for seniors. Furthermore, certain medication increases dehydration which is why an active effort needs to be made to stay hydrated.
It helps to drink a lot of water throughout the day and invest in a flask or water bottle that can be carried if possible. The more water you drink, the better.
Stay in the Shade
We all love a little sunlight but too much exposure to the summer sun is really not the best idea. It would help to stay in the shade for most of the day and to limit your venturing out to the evenings when it’s cooler.
If you’re staying indoors but live in a home with large windows or a lot of sunlight access, draw the curtains and keep them this way for the hottest hours of the day. Staying in the shade will help you avoid the risk of overheating or suffering a stroke.
Keep it All Cool
If you’re having a snack, go for something cooling like yogurt or cucumbers. If you’re looking to get some exercise, go for a swim as opposed to a jog. Try to make sure the activities you’re taking part in and what you’re eating agrees with the climate and help you lose some of that excess heat!
Ventilation and Air-conditioning
Spaces where you live need to be well-ventilated especially in the summers. It is even better if you have air-conditioning at least for most of the day. If you feel your own home might lack proper ventilation or that you keep dealing with problems relating to your air-conditioning, it may help to look into alternate living arrangements for the summer.
The tips above should help you or your senior loved one stay cool over the next few months and we suggest you follow them! If you’re someone from Studio City who is interested in independent or assisted living for seniors, you can always get in touch with us for more information.
Good luck beating the heat!