As we finally head in to the warmer months, it’s important that your loved one takes care when they’re enjoying the great outdoors. Like many people, being out in the sunshine and hot weather can impact an elderly person’s wellbeing if the right precautions haven’t been taken, so today we’re discussing some small steps you and your loved one can take to make sure they can still enjoy their time outside.
The right time of day: When it comes to sun exposure, timing plays a significant role. The sun's rays are strongest between 10am and 4pm, peaking at midday, so encourage your loved one to venture out in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is less intense.
Shade seeking: While the attraction of sitting out in the direct sunlight is tempting, it's important to find shaded areas to relax in. Finding a shady spot can create can prevent overheating, while also providing protection from harmful UV rays.
The right clothing: Encourage your loved one to wear loose, lightweight, and breathable fabrics that cover their arms and legs, opting for light-coloured clothing can also help reflect heat and keep them cool. And don’t forget the accessories, wide-brimmed hats can provide shade while sunglasses with UV protection can shield their skin and eyes from harmful rays.
Applying sun cream: Even in shady spots, the sun's rays can penetrate the skin and cause damage. It's crucial for your loved ones to apply a high SPF to any exposed skin, while encouraging them to regularly re-apply it throughout the day to reduce the risk of sunburn and skin cancer.
Keep hydrated: The older generation are much more prone to dehydration, so it's vital to stay hydrated when the warm weather hits. Encourage them to drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if they don't feel thirsty. Carrying a water bottle and setting reminders to take sips can help maintain proper hydration levels and prevent heat-related illnesses.
Keep activities low-intensity: Engaging in gentle activities is an excellent way for seniors to enjoy the sun while minimizing physical strain and heat exhaustion. Walking, tai chi, gardening, or simply sitting outdoors with a good book can provide a sense of wellbeing and boost mood without placing excessive stress on their bodies.
So, there we have it, some simple tips to make sure that you and your loved one can still enjoy being outside in the summer months, but also making sure they do it safely. We’re so lucky that all of our Baycroft homes have beautiful outdoor spaces for our residents to enjoy, if you would like to come for a visit then we would love to hear from you. Click here to find your nearest home and we’ll be happy to help.