Here, in the City of Toronto, where LifeCare Mobility Solutions is headquartered, the weather is finally keeping up with the time of year. At last, we’re experiencing warm temperatures and sunny days that practically insist that we all spend more time outside.
For the most part, Torontonians – like most Canadians – absolutely love the spring and summer. The warm and sunny seasons give us so many more opportunities to exit our homes and enjoy the great outdoors.
For those of us who live with elderly loved ones, however, getting outside more often can be a bit of a challenge. Especially when the seniors in our families have mobility issues, the heat may be difficult to endure. That’s why it’s important to take measures to keep our elderly loved ones as safe and as comfortable as possible during their spring and summertime outdoor activities.
Take advantage of cooler environments.
Naturally, you will be more likely to spend time with your loved ones in the backyard, at the park or at the ball game in the months to come. But, it’s important to remember that spending long duration of time in the heat can be hazardous to the health of seniors.
Limit their exposure to the heat and find fun alternatives to staying outside, especially on the hottest days of the year. On Care.com, Gillian Kruse strongly suggests that you find ways to help seniors beat the heat by finding cool places to enjoy.
“Even small increases in temperature can shorten the life expectancy for seniors who are coping with chronic medical conditions,” she warns, “Shopping malls, movie theaters and libraries provide welcome, cool spaces if a senior’s own home isn’t air conditioned. They also afford a great opportunity to get out of the house and get some exercise, without the exhaustion of the heat.”
Invest in a rollator.
Rollators are also known as four-wheeled walkers. They’re excellent mobility solutions for individuals who can still walk, but may need some assistance with their balance. Rollators, however, aren’t your average walkers. In addition to having four wheels – which make them easier to glide along the ground – they also come with seats.
Rollators are often recommended for outdoor use during the spring and summer months because the heat can add to the exhaustion felt by seniors. Having a quick and easy place to sit down and rest will be a big help to the senior in your life.
“Many elderly people have difficulty enjoying family outings or personal shopping trips because of their decreased energy levels,” mentions Nancy Delwaide of Home Care Assistance, “Rollators with seats offer a place for your loved one to rest for a while when away from home. Unlike traditional walkers, rollators come with additional comforts and make traveling easier. They also take up very little space and many are collapsible.”
If you have any questions about the rollators offered by LifeCare Mobility Solutions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 647-350-4488 or email us at [email protected]. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!