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Extreme Weather Conditions And Faulty Air Conditioners: Potent Combination For Assisted Living Residents

When the weather gets hot, assisted living residents just like children, are prone to some very serious health problems and become quite vulnerable.  Assisted living communities have realized that seniors have much more sensitive body reactions to changes in weather conditions. One fact that is not widely known is that a simple air conditioner can be a serious threat to assisted living residents. The air conditioner in and of itself is not the threat. It’s the prospect of a poorly maintained or outdated unit being that can create the danger for assisted living residents. When extreme weather conditions come into play, there is a significant increase in the chances of a senior being involved in an accident. A recent study has revealed that about 1/3 of seniors live with poorly-functioning or no air conditioning at all. Seniors residing in Assisted living communities decrease their chances of aggravating their bodies as the air conditioners are regularly maintained and serviced.

The body has an almost machine like need to adapt to changing environments. In its never ending quest to acclimate to what is going on internally, the body is always working to balance the difference between heat production and heat loss. The brain serves as a control system that’s always regulating the changes. There are many precautions assisted living residents and seniors can take to protect themselves from heat exposure. Drinking plenty of liquids is a great start. Also, it’s important to remember that fluids don’t always have to come in liquid form. Fruits and vegetables are a great way to hydrate the body during extreme weather conditions. In the summer months, coffee, tea and aerated beverages should be avoided by Assisted Living residents since they tend to dehydrate the body.

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If your home doesn’t have an air conditioner it may be a good idea to keep your windows open at night to keep the rooms well ventilated. If you want to keep the window open during the day, putting a sheet over the window is a good way to keep out the sun’s heat. Seniors need air conditioning and proper medical care around the clock so assisted living facilities are the best option for them.

Assisted Living Facilities monitor the weather reports on a daily basis to accordingly adjust the temperature for their residents. Weather and environmental experts are also noticing that assisted living residents and seniors are more vulnerable to extreme weather conditions when air pollution is a contributing factor. Also, dressing in cottons and natural fabrics tend to be much cooler than the synthetic fibers that can be found in some clothes. Assisted Living Facilities make sure their patients wear light colored clothes to reflect the sun away and keep cool during extreme weather conditions.

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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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