Whether your favorite summer activity is tending to the garden, relaxing by the pool or having a picnic in the park with loved ones, it’s critical to always practice summer safety habits.
At Country Place Senior Living, we understand the importance of safety during the summer months. Due to a higher risk of dehydration, heat strokes and other heat-related ailments, we want to help our senior residents enjoy a fun and safe summer season. Here are some essential summer safety tips to help you stay healthy and happy during the warmer months.
Drink plenty of water
Water is essential for proper body function as well as regulating adequate body temperatures. This is especially important during hot summer months when it is more likely to become overheated. To help you stay hydrated, purchase a water bottle and take it with you when you leave the house. Remember many foods are high in water content, like watermelon, strawberries, cucumber and lettuce—and can help promote hydration as well!
Protect your skin
Sunburns are not only uncomfortable, but they can cause damage to your skin in the long run. A good rule of thumb is to apply sunscreen whenever you will be exposed to the sun, no matter the length of time. Don’t forget to reapply every two hours for maximum protection. Hats and sunglasses are also recommended for protecting your face and eyes from the sun’s harsh rays.
Avoid the hottest hours of the day
If it is possible, plan your outdoor activities in the morning or evening hours when the temperatures are relatively cooler. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Avoid going outside during these hours or seek shade to help prevent heat exhaustion and sun damage.
A heat stroke is a serious heat-related issue that should not be taken lightly. Know the warning signs so that you or your loved one can get medical help right away:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Lack of sweating, despite the heat
- Muscle weakness or cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Confusion or disorientation
- Flushed, dry skin
- Very high body temperature
- Slurred speech
Lastly, it is important to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard in the summer. Overexerting yourself when the temperatures are hot can result in serious health issues. At Country Place Senior Living, we want our residents to stay safe while enjoying the things they love most. We offer a variety summer-safe activities including dance parties on the back patio, ice cream socials and manicures.
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