Staying cool during the summer months is crucial, especially for elderly individuals who may be more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses. Harmony's care, programming, and dining teams work together to create fun and safe activities during the hot summer months. Here are some ways we ensure everyone stays cool:
- Air conditioning: Ensure that the living space has air conditioning or access to a cool environment, Harmony communities are equipped with new HVAC systems are monitored so that the AC keeps working. Close windows and use curtains or blinds to block out direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day. Open windows in the evening or early morning to let cooler air in.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids, even if you don't feel thirsty. Water is the best choice, but you can also have fruit juices, herbal teas, or flavored water. Avoid excessive caffeine or alcohol intake as they can dehydrate the body.
- Dress appropriately: Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made from breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. Light-colored clothing reflects sunlight and heat better than dark colors.
- Stay indoors during peak heat hours: Avoid going outside during the hottest parts of the day, typically from late morning to early evening. Instead, stay inside and enjoy a dining presentation, a movie in the theatre, or a game of bingo.
- Seek shade or use sun protection: When outside, stay in the shade as much as possible. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and apply sunscreen with a high SPF to protect the skin from harmful UV rays.
- Eat light, refreshing meals: opt for light meals that are rich in water content, such as salads, fruits, and vegetables. The occasional ice cream party with the life enrichment director will also help to keep you cool.
- Avoid strenuous activities: Minimize physical exertion and avoid outdoor activities that require a lot of energy or prolonged exposure to the sun.
- Consider cool accessories: Use cooling accessories like gel packs or cooling pillows to provide relief from the heat when sleeping or resting. Use cool towels or wet compresses during the day. Apply cool, damp towels or use wet compresses on the wrists, neck, and forehead. This can help bring down the body temperature.
Remember, it is essential to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice, especially if there are pre-existing medical conditions or concerns about heat sensitivity. If you are concerned about your loved one this summer contact your local Harmony community and learn directly about how we keep residents comfortable - schedule a tour today!