When running a care home, there are several elements that you need to consider such as the overall management, the care that you are providing and the amount of money that you are spending every month. But what about when the weather takes a turn for the worst in the middle of the summer? In this article, we will be providing you with insight into how care homes can begin to prepare for the summer.
Sort Out The Garden
Though this may seem like an obvious point throughout the winter for many of us, making sure that the care home garden is organised and cleaned will make the summer much more enjoyable for so many people living in the care home. By planting flowers in the garden and even add some chairs and tables into the garden you can create a space for residents and their family to enjoy their loved ones at this time.
Plan Events Or Trips Away
In addition to redesigning the garden, several care homes and others around set to plan a number of trips for the residents during the summer months. This is a great way of encouraging the residents to enjoy the sun and can also be used as a way for the residents to enjoy a day out with one another. Whether this is a visit to a local museum or a trip to the seaside, this is a great way of bringing everyone in the home together to enjoy the summer weather.
Invest In Repairs Or Air Conditioning
If you are in a care home that does not have access to air conditioning, it may be worth making an investment to make people are kept cool throughout most of the hot weather. Alternatively, making investments in fixing windows and even fitting portable air conditioners can help to make sure that the care home is kept as cold as possible to enable them to remain comfortable and prevent dehydration. By making sure that you are making these investments and even fixing windows that have remained closed throughout the winter, there are several options to choose from.
Make Sure Care Home Residents Are Hydrated
The final element that you need to consider is the plan you will have to keep the residents from getting dehydrated. By keeping constant water on hand for the residents and even adding electrolytes, you can prevent dehydration and prevent the body from losing electrolytes. This is hugely important for the residents as the weather gets warmer as dehydration can lead to a number of many medical issues if they are not handled properly. It is also important to make sure that you are keeping out for signs of dehydration as the earlier it is caught the better.
With this in mind, several ways care homes can prepare for the warm summer weather, without spending a small fortune on items for the home. Which of these will you be implementing within your care home to prepare for the hot summer to come?