Houston-area residents are no strangers to the hot, humid summers that roll around each year. Even so, the summer months are still something people look forward to every year. However, for older members of the Houston community and those who live in our senior living community, summer can represent some unique challenges to the health and wellness of their everyday lives. If you’re enjoying Independent Living in Houston this summer, here are a few safety tips to make your summer more enjoyable.
Stay Hydrated Inside and Outside of Your Senior Living Home
Drinking the recommended daily water intake is so important to keeping your body healthy and functioning. Many older adults fall victim to severe dehydration, which often ends up putting them in the hospital for a short time. If you’re going to be outdoors, bring a water bottle with you to sip while you enjoy the sunshine. We love it when our residents are able to go outside and get fresh air, especially if they’re in our Skilled Nursing Facility!
Avoid Being in the Heat for Too Long
Heat exhaustion and heat strokes are very common in older adults. At our retirement community in Houston, we take every precaution to make sure none of our residents fall victim to it. On particularly hot days, we recommend only being outside for short periods of time or waiting until the hottest part of the day (usually the late afternoon) has passed. Summers are certainly meant to be enjoyed but you must be careful to not overexpose yourself to intense heat.
Apply Sunscreen Throughout the Day
Many of our residents enjoy taking walks during the day to get in some exercise and be with their neighbors. If you’re venturing out from your Independent Living cottage, apply a generous amount of sunscreen to any exposed skin. Sunburns can be particularly dangerous as you age as it can easily lead to sun poisoning.
Wear Breathable Fabrics Around Your Retirement Community
One of the best things you can do to keep cool is by wearing fabrics that are breathable and made of cotton. Retirees in our Houston senior living community are particularly fond of their Hawaiian print shirts and for good reason! They’re lightweight and super festive for the summer season.
Come Live at Holly Hall
If you’re looking for a new place to call home, then consider our Houston 55+ community! You’ll love being a part of a Christian neighborhood that features plenty of activities and friendly faces to greet you every day. Contact us today for a tour!