When the summer hits in full force, make sure your senior loved one’s home is prepared for the warm temperatures. Making these changes in advance helps seniors have a fun, safe, and breezy summer. Here are some tips you can use to get your loved one’s home ready in time for the warm summer months.
Get the Air Conditioners Serviced
Before you turn on the air conditioning system in your loved one’s home, check if the filters need to be replaced. You should also schedule an appointment with an HVAC company to make sure the system is working properly. Getting your loved one’s air conditioning system serviced can lower his or her risk of inhaling poisonous gases. Purchase generators to use in the home in case there is a power outage. You can then use the generator for fans and lamps that keep the home cool and well-lit until the power is back on.
Consider hiring a professional caregiver if you need a break from your caregiving duties to summer-proof your loved one’s home. Families shouldn’t have to worry about finding reliable senior home care. Pembroke Pines Home Care Assistance is a leading provider of elderly home care. We offer a proprietary program called the Balanced Care Method, which uses holistic methods to promote senior health, our caregivers and Care Managers are available 24/7, and all of our in-home care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Clear the Walkways
Seniors are more likely to get out and enjoy the fresh air during the warmer months. Regardless if your loved one is leaving the home to spend time with family members and friends or take a walk through the neighborhood, make sure the walkways are clean and clear by pressure-washing the sidewalks and replacing any damaged bricks or pavers near the home. You should also drive through the community and look for cracks in the concrete and report them to your local housing association or city official to have the issues fixed. Clearing the walkways can reduce your loved one’s risk of slipping and falling while out and about during the summer.
Fall-related injuries are just one of the many issues older adults are susceptible to. There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to manage if their families opt for professional home care. Pembroke Pines families can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep their loved ones safe and comfortable while aging in place.
Cover the Windows
Although the sun provides essential vitamins, the ultraviolet lights can also cause skin cancer and other health issues. Keep your loved one’s skin covered with clothing and accessories during the summer months, and cover the windows to limit excessive sun exposure. Covering the windows can also keep the temperature cooler in the summer, preventing the air conditioning system from being overworked. If you can’t afford to purchase window treatments that block out the sun, you can use blackout drapes instead.
Have Cool Drinks and Treats Nearby
Seniors may experience dehydration during summertime. Dehydration can be dangerous for aging adults because it causes dizziness, disorientation, urination difficulties, and bloody stools. Being dehydrated can also cause a significant drop in blood pressure and lead to an increased heart rate, which is why you should stock your loved one’s home with water, healthy juices, beverages, and water-based snacks throughout the summer.
Living independently is important for seniors who want to maintain a high quality of life. For some, this simply means receiving help with tasks that have become more challenging to manage over time. Even when families have the best intentions, they may not have the time to provide the care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. If your loved one needs help for a few hours a day or a few days a week, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of respite care Pembroke Pines seniors can depend on. Call us at (954) 374-8273 for a free in-home consultation.