ComForcare home care providers work with clients to help ensure they enjoy a healthy, comfortable and independent lifestyle in the comfort of their own home. In warmer seasons, many clients and their home care providers look forward to spending time outside. Outdoor activities are great for physical and mental health. However, it is important to remember that it is easy to get worn down in the heat and do too much. By taking a few careful precautions, it can be a safe and active summer for all.
Here are some tips from ComForcare to help older adults safely enjoy the summer:
- Grab a Buddy: Exercise doesn’t need to seem like a chore. Join a neighborhood walking group or ask a caregiver or family member to join you for an evening walk. Local YMCAs and community centers often offer classes for participants ages 65 or older and your home care provider can provide transportation to and from classes.
- Take it Easy: Don’t try to do too much right away. Set short-term goals that are realistic and enjoyable. Lengthen your walking distance each week
- Know Your Limits: Being older doesn’t have to mean having to be inactive. Understand what you can do and stay within those boundaries. Even if you are in a wheelchair or walker you can get creative with your workouts. There are many fun chair exercises to build strength or you may consider joining an aquatics class.
- Fuel Your Body Right: It is crucial to refuel your body post-workout with a mix of carbohydrates, electrolytes and protein. Also, remember to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Even a few minutes in the sun and heat can deplete your fluid level, so be sure to drink often.
Plan now to get outside and enjoy the summer weather. Set goals for yourself and share them with your family or home care provider. Then ask for their support in achieving these goals. ComForcare caregivers are happy to accompany clients on a walk or to provide transportation to community classes and events.
About ComForcare Home Care
ComForcare is a premier provider of private-duty, non-medical home care services to people of all ages, with offices located nationwide. Each office employs experienced, compassionate caregivers who make life easier for those coping with a chronic medical condition, recovering from an illness or injury, or dealing with the challenges of aging – in the comfort of their own home. ComForcare offers home care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving its services. Each ComForcare office is independently owned and operated.