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Know these summertime dangers to keep your residents safe

Posted by Dude Solutions Canada, Inc. | Monday, July 20, 2015

The bright sun and warmer temperatures make summer a favorite season for many. But while summer is a time of relaxation and communing with nature, it can also be hazardous for those who aren't prepared for the specific dangers it can pose.

Seniors can be especially susceptible to dangers of many forms in the summer. As part of your duty of care, it's important to familiarize yourself with the various sources of danger that your residents may face, as well as ways to mitigate the threat they may cause. 

The sun

Know these important summertime dangers to keep your residents safe The summer sun may be one of the most popular aspects of the season, but it can also present one of the biggest dangers, especially to seniors. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause sunburn, peeling and in some cases, skin cancer. Ensuring residents have access to sunscreen with a high SPF is essential for keeping them protected. Encourage your residents to take preventive measures such as wearing long sleeves and wide-brimmed hats. Additionally, try and restrict outdoor activities at your facility between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are at their harshest. 

Extreme heat

Anyone who's experienced a heat wave before knows how truly stifling the temperatures can get in the thick of summer. There are a wide variety of ailments that are directly heat-related, such as heat stroke and dehydration. Seniors are particularly susceptible to these conditions due to their thinner skin, and this can be exacerbated by the presence of chronic medical conditions. Even indoors you should take measures to keep temperatures at comfortable levels. Just because your residents aren't outside in the sun doesn't mean they're safe from overheating. 

Of course, running the air conditioning all summer can be an expensive solution. However, there are other ways to keep indoor temperatures at safe levels. Inspect your windows to ensure they meet the most up-to-date energy-efficiency standards, as this can have a huge impact on power consumption. Similarly, large windows should be fitted with curtains or blinds that can be drawn when the sun is glaring through. 


Not only are these flying pests annoying, but they can also carry diseases such as West Nile virus or even malaria. While the U.S. isn't particularly susceptible to these sicknesses, it's a good idea to protect your seniors nonetheless. You can help keep mosquitos away from your facility by removing any standing water on your grounds, as this is where mosquitos prefer to breed. Don't just limit your inspection to obvious fixtures such as bird baths and fountains. Water can collect in many places, like buckets, drainage ditches and even puddles, all of which can become a potential breeding ground for mosquitos. 

If you host any outdoor events or activities, you can use citronella candles or tiki torches to inconspicuously and unobtrusively keep bugs away. Also, encouraging your residents to wear long sleeves, especially in the evening when mosquitos can be especially active, is a good idea. 

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