Norwood LTC home provides beverages, conditioned air, A/C
Pleasant Meadow Manor is keeping its cool during the current heatwave in Norwood, Ont.
Susan Towns, the long-term care home’s director of care (DOC), says the home has conditioned air, which is not an air conditioner but a unit akin to a large dehumidifier that essentially removes the humidity from the air. The lounges at the end of the home’s two care hallways are air-conditioned by portable units.
“When it gets really hot we use those as our cooling centres,” Susan says.
“We also do extra fluid runs. In the morning, (we offer) juice and water and we really push the water. In the afternoon we do a popsicle run and during evenings also.”
Residents don’t always realize they’re overheated, the DOC says. “If we start seeing them looking a little (off) we will start pushing extra, extra fluids. If we notice they are starting to have real difficulty, we take them down to the end lounge where the air conditioning is.”
Pleasant Meadow Manor has a shady back patio but if it’s really hot outdoors staff members discourage residents from going outside. “That heat can really knock the socks off of them really quickly and change their condition,” Susan notes. “We’d rather them stay inside.”
Seniors, people living with chronic health issues and those taking certain medications are especially susceptible to becoming ill when temperatures rise, the Canadian Red Cross states on its website.
While it’s important to keep fluid intake levels high in warmer weather, residents don’t always like to drink large quantities of liquids. In addition to the fluid runs, family members can help out by encouraging residents to stay hydrated or even bring in drinks their loved ones enjoy.
Pleasant Meadow Manor also offers support to employees feeling the heat. “If it’s really hot, they’re allowed extra breaks in the staff room which is air-conditioned.” Employees also partake in the afternoon Popsicle runs.
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