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Stay Safe and Prevent Heat Exhaustion at Independent Senior Living

Posted on: May 31st, 2018 by hhmin

Texas has had a long bout of winter this year, but finally, the sun is starting to shine, and its time for independent senior living community members to get outside. Now is the perfect season to enjoy gardening, golfing, or just socializing outdoors. However, doing outdoor activities safely is key, and avoiding heat exhaustion should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

With independent living at a senior care center, the goal is to live life in comfort and safety. This is why we think it is important to follow these simple tips for avoiding heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Know the Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is a common problem during the warmer months. What makes it so dangerous is that it can easily lead to a heat stroke, which is an extremely serious health problem. Knowing the danger of heat stroke and signs of heat exhaustion in you or a friend could save a life.

The symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Muscle cramps,
  • Fatigue,
  • Clammy hands,
  • A headache,
  • Nausea, and
  • Feeling the urge to faint.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can sneak up on anyone, especially senior citizens. So, it is important to make sure that your loved one in independent living has the means to remain hydrated. In order to stay hydrated, it is important to constantly sip water even when you don’t feel thirsty. Other drinks like juice, milk, and sports drinks can also contribute to preventing dehydration, but water is the most effective deterrent.

Avoid Peak Heat Times

Remember, the hottest time of the day occurs around 3 p.m. We know that your loved one may enjoy being outdoors at their independent living community, but it is important that they make an attempt to avoid extreme temperatures.

Recommend taking a walk in the early morning or directly after dinner-time. These are great times of the day where they can still get their sunny fix but not have to worry too much about the heat. During the hotter times of the day, think of some indoor activities that they can do like puzzles, board games, or innovative apps that keep their mind sharp.

Dress for the Weather

Clothing is a key factor in beating the heat. Active seniors in independent senior living should start preparing their warm-weather wardrobes in order to stay comfortable and cool. Shorts and tee shirts are in season, but so are some specific fabrics. Some recommended fabrics for warmer weather are:

  • Cotton,
  • Linen,
  • Khadi.

The way that these fabrics make seniors in independent living look and feel is bound to be a complete win on all fronts.

Holly Hall Independent Living Makes Your Loved Ones Comfortable Year-Round

If you have a loved one in independent senior living and are concerned about them being exposed to the heat, put your trust in Holly Hall Retirement Community. Our trained staff knows how to spot the signs of heat exhaustion and will make sure that your loved one in independent living is taken care of while still feeling independent. Get in touch with us today to schedule a visit and learn more about our community.

6 Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors in Independent Living

Posted on: May 3rd, 2018 by hhmin

Independent Living Spring CleaningIndependent Living is an excellent option for seniors living out their golden years. Since your loved one is living alone, making sure that spring cleaning gets done safely is important. Use some of these helpful tips to get your loved one’s independent living quarters in excellent condition this spring.

1. Make a Checklist

You can’t come up with a proper cleaning plan without having a checklist. If your loved one is unable to determine what type of cleaning needs to be done at their home, then a collaboration between you and him or her on a checklist is a great idea.

Go through each area of his or her community cottage with them and find out the spots that require special attention, like the bathtub needing cleaning. Put the ‘special attention’ spots at the top of the list. Then, go over the list with your loved one so that he or she can feel involved in these seasonal changes that you are creating together.

2. Use the Right Cleaning Tools

If your loved one in independent living decides that they want to be responsible for spring cleaning their living space, then provide him or her with the tools to get the job done safely. There are plenty of senior-friendly cleaning tools that will help make the job effortless. Some of these cleaning sources include:

  • A duster with an extending handle,
  • Squeegee for the windows,
  • Vacuum with an instant cord retractor, and
  • A dustpan that stands on its own and requires no bending.

3. Get the Family Together for a Spring Cleaning Day

Sometimes your loved one in independent living may need a little help. Take the opportunity to get your family involved and make a day visit out of the occasion. Getting unnecessary clutter out of a home can be stressful and having family around to help out alleviates some of the stressors involved with spring cleaning.

4. Clean Out Expired Medicines

Sometimes our loved ones tend to hold onto medicines for far too long, and, sometimes your loved one can even hide things away.

Gathering up the medicines that you can find and properly disposing of the expired or loose tablets can help keep your loved one organized throughout the year as they continue fulfilling their medical needs.

5. Buy Bins for Safe Access

Instead of having clutter all over his or her living quarters, go out and purchase some small bins that you can store in your loved one’s new home. Let him or her help you decide what goes into them. Then, ensure that they are labeled and placed in safe locations where they can be reached with little effort.

Holly Hall Invites You to Visit Our Community This Spring

If you or your loved one is ready to start considering moving to independent or senior assisted living, keep Holly Hall in mind. Our community is based on our Christian values and we truly believe in providing the best quality-of-life for our community members.

We know that this decision can lead to several important questions that need to be answered. Schedule a visit to Holly Hall Retirement Community so that our professional staff can help you get the information that you need. We look forward to serving you.