Tips For Keeping Seniors Cool At Family Summer Gatherings


As the weather is heating up, family summer gatherings will be taking place outdoors. Summer means graduation parties, picnics, Fourth of July celebrations, and all kinds of outdoor gatherings. Getting together with family for some great food outdoors is one of the best things about the summer. But if you’re going to have a senior attending your outdoor gatherings this summer there are some things that you should do to make sure that your senior loved one will be comfortable. Having a senior home care aide attend too could be advantageous.

Arrange for Senior Home Care Aides

Senior Home Care Union County NJ - Tips For Keeping Seniors Cool At Family Summer Gatherings

Senior Home Care Union County NJ – Tips For Keeping Seniors Cool At Family Summer Gatherings

Senior home care services are something that seniors who are aging in place should have anyway. But you should have a care provider come to the gathering with your senior loved one so that your senior parent will have someone paying attention to them at all times. That way you don’t have to worry about whether or not your senior loved one needs something when you are also trying to manage the party and see to the other guests. A senior home care provider who is there to take care of your senior parent can make sure that your senior parent eats, stays hydrated, and isn’t getting sick from the sun.

Provide Shade

There should be some shady areas available for all of your guests, but especially for any senior guests. An outdoor patio table with a wide umbrella is a good option. So is a curtain strung over a pergola or even a backyard event tent where your senior loved one can rest in the shade and avoid bugs. If it’s humid out then you may want to put some battery-operated fans out on the deck too to keep the air flowing and prevent people from getting overheated.

Put Out Comfortable Furniture

Picnic table benches, Adirondack chairs, and other outdoor furniture may not be very comfortable for your senior guests. Chairs that are low may also be difficult for them to get out of. When you’re setting up for the party make sure that some comfortable chairs or outdoor sofas are available for your senior loved one. You may even want to move some of the comfortable chairs from the house out to the deck or patio just for the day so that there is plenty of comfortable seating available.

Make Sure The House Is Accessible

Your senior loved one may need to go inside the air-conditioned house if it’s too warm. And they will probably need to go into the house to use the restroom. So make sure that the house is accessible for your senior parent. If there are steps that they need to go up or down make sure there is a strong railing and help them get up and down. Make sure that there is a non-slip rug on the floor so that seniors don’t slip and fall. And keep the walkways free from spills so that your senior won’t accidentally take a tumble.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional Senior Home Care Services in Union County NJ, please talk to the caring staff at Generations Home Health Care today. Providing Home Care in Somerset, Essex, Union, Morris, and Hunterdon Counties. Call us today at (908) 290-0691 or (973) 241-4534.

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