Fun and Safety in the Summer Sun

Fun and Safety in the Summer Sun

Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and have some fun in the sun. However, if you or a child have a disability, it is important to be aware of how to stay safe and comfortable in the heat whilst still making the most of the outdoors. Here are some tips from us at Caring Clothing to help you enjoy the summer months:

Dress for comfort and modesty

Wear light, loose-fitting clothing made from breathable fabrics when out of the water. Avoid dark colours as they absorb more heat. If possible, wear sunscreen and a hat to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

If you are into aquatic activities, utilise reusable containment swimwear which provides safety and security in all scenarios whether it be on the beach with the family or the public pool enjoying some aquarobics. Containment swimwear which can also be referred to as incontinence swimwear can be purchased from Caring Clothing, just click on the link above for more information.


Stay hydrated:

Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to prevent dehydration. Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol as they can cause dehydration. Signs of dehydration are thirst, reduced sweating, reduced skin elasticity, reduced urine production, and a dry mouth. If you notice any of these symptoms it may be a sign that you or a loved one are dehydrated and need to take in some fluids.

If you're a carer ask lots of questions as to the patient's well-being. Ask them about dizziness, headaches, cramp, and in general, how hot or dry they are feeling. People over 65 years of age or who suffer from disabilities are at a greater risk of suffering from dehydration so asking a few simple questions, and checking in on them at least twice a day is good practice to help protect them from the heat.


Take breaks:

People over the age of 65 years are at an increased risk of heat-related illness and may need special care during the hotter months. Spend time in cool, shady areas to give your body a break from the heat. If possible, take a dip in a pool or lake to cool off. Caring Clothing's range of containment swimwear for children and adults are made of lightweight neoprene which means that having a swim is safe and comfortable, and being made of lightweight fabric, it will dry faster aiding in cooling when wet.


Be aware of your surroundings:

Summertime can be crowded, so be aware of your surroundings and how you are affecting those around you. If you are using a wheelchair, for example, be mindful of waves and drop-offs in the ocean, or stairs and access ramps in public pools. Always have a carer to help support the chair or the person using the chair, and if available, only swim where lifeguards patrol the immediate area.

Using public pools for lap swimming or aquarobics is a great way to enjoy the summer months and get fitness and mobility into your daily routine. If you're worried about incontinence and accidents in public there are swimwear options available for all body shapes and ages by Caring Clothing. Containment swimwear is leak-free, has double-elastic legs and a wide elastic waist designed to provide a worry-free swim. These swimmers have been designed and approved for use in hydrotherapy pools, beaches and even during general leisure activities.

With these tips in mind, the summer months can be enjoyed regardless of age or disability while staying safe and comfortable.  Be sure to take care of yourself and those around you, stay hydrated, enjoy the outdoors and remember to shop Caring Clothing for all your incontinence swimwear needs.