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.