The warmer temperatures of the spring are here, which means summer is just around the corner. For many people, summer is a time to gather with family and friends by a swimming pool, at a park or just in each other’s backyard to pass the time and enjoy the weather. However, for seniors living at home, hot temperatures can be tough to deal with. Staying indoors or in shady areas as much as possible is ideal for seniors vulnerable to the heat. Here are some other ways to plan for the summer season.
Stock Up On Sun Protection
Excessive sun exposure can be damaging to anyone, but especially seniors. Heat exhaustion, heat stroke and heat cramps are examples of the consequences of being in the sun for too long, and the results could be devastating. Protecting the skin with sunscreen is one thing, but also consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat to shade as much of your skin as possible. Sun protection for seniors living at home can also include staying hydrated at all times.
Read Warning Labels On Medication
The medication you take may have severe risks associated with them if you combine it with sun exposure. Read the labels carefully and ask your medical professional what precautions should be taken. Sometimes you can keep yourself safe by being outside, but staying in the shade and constantly drinking water. Other times it may be recommended to avoid the outdoors entirely when you’re taking a certain prescription.
Check Your HVAC Unit
Now is the time to have your HVAC unit inspected by a professional. The last thing you want to happen is your A/C fails in the middle of the heat of the summer. HVAC companies are typically booked out during the summer, so chances are a repair professional will not be able to come immediately. The inside of a home can get uncomfortable quickly with no A/C and can have devastating results for seniors living at home.
Have Your Assistive Devices Inspected
If you have any assistive devices, like a stair lift, auto lift, porch lift or even grab bars, get them inspected now so they’ll be in good shape for the summer. Your auto lift is important to have inspected since you may not have used it much during the fall and winter seasons. You don’t want to get excited about a summer trip you’re taking, just to have it delayed because the auto lift fails and you can’t load the wheelchair or scooter you rely on.
Next Day Access is preparing for the summer season just like you. The spring season is the most popular time of year for making changes, getting organized and setting plans for the next few weeks and months. Safety is often the number one concern for seniors as the temperatures rise quickly during the summer. Keep yourself cool and safe this summer, while maintaining your accessibility, and contact us if we can help.