With summer approaching, Activity Directors are planning outdoor activities to take advantage of the sunshine and residents are eager to spend their leisure time outdoors.
However, it’s important activity professionals be prepared for the potential dangers warmer weather poses for our residents.
There is an increased risk of UTI’s due to dehydration, heat sickness, sensitivity to sunlight due to medication, as well as an increased susceptibility to heatstroke due to age and health. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the odds of developing skin cancer rise as you age.
KNOW THE SIGNS
What We Can Do:
Ensure programs have opportunities to offer cold beverages
Have “indoor alternative” activities
Give residents opportunities for breaks or to go back inside at some during your program
Be made aware of residents with sun-related sensitivities
Have plenty of sun screen (AARP suggests an SPF between 30 and 50 for seniors) available