Sherry Brown, Professional Organizer

Spring and Summer Hazards for the Elderly

Each season has a new set of hazards for aging individuals. Many of these dangerous situations can be avoided if the proper precautions are taken. Always be aware of the weather before going outdoors or traveling with a loved one.


  • Rain – Rain can cause the grass along with other surfaces to become slippery. Be aware of the increased risk of slips and help your senior pick shoes with good traction to prevent falls. If your loved one will be driving during the rainy season, make sure that their vehicle has effective windshield wipers and tire tread.
  • Allergies – If an elderly family member has allergies, be sure to consult with their doctor before mixing allergy medicine with prescriptions. Ask their doctor to be specific about which allergy medications are okay to take or find out if they can write a prescription for one.


  • Sunburn – Some medications can increase the effects of sun on the skin, causing seniors to burn faster. Ensure that your senior covers up with light clothing, hats, and high SPF sunscreen whenever outdoors. Try to keep track of time and don’t stay outside for long periods of time. If outside for an extended period of, remember to reapply sunscreen often. Another way to enjoy the warm weather is to go outside in the morning or evening hours rather than in the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest and more likely to burn.
  • Dehydration – Increased time spent in the sun can lead to dehydration. Be sure to have plenty of drinking water available during outdoor activities and while traveling in the summer months. Ensure that your loved ones are consistently drinking water as they can become dehydrated easily and may be unaware of their thirst.
  • Insects – When spending time outdoors in the evening and nighttime hours, apply insect repellent. The amount of exposed skin should also be limited by covering up with long sleeves and pants. Seniors should be especially cautious of mosquitoes if cases of West Nile have been reported in the area, as this virus can have a greater affect on the elderly.


Preparing Your Patio for Spring


Winter storms can leave a nasty residue all over the patio and deck. Choose a sunny, bright day to clean up the places. Clean the dirt and cobwebs with a broom first. Give the places a gentle bath with a hose and rub with soapy water and brush in case they are icky. If there is fungus, mildew stains, or weather-beaten patches, use a pressure washer to wipe them away. A power-wash will wash all the winter blues away.


The patio furniture needs to be freshened up or replaced because nobody wants to sit on dirty cushions. Scrub the furniture with an environmentally friendly cleaner. Deep clean the cushions and if you want to keep them looking fresh, use vinyl protectant.


Spring means more outdoor time. So, the patio furniture needs special treatment. Give them a lift with a bright new coat of paint. Do you have a set of metal furniture? Don’t worry! There are auto paint shops where you can powder coat your metal patio set or do it yourself by using paint designed for use on metal.


Having your evening coffee while relaxing on the patio sounds nice, right? Set a quick table by placing a small coffee table there or making one by clustering three or four garden tools topped with a glass tabletop. Plus, enhance your seating area with more cushions, pillows, or adding a bench style seat. Now, all you need a mug of hot cocoa or coffee to sip on!


Spring breathes new life into the nature. Why to deprive your patio of that wonderful gift? Choose an empty wall and jazz it up with a wall-mounted garden. Store-bought planters or re-purposed old-box planters can be used for this purpose. Wanna show your DIY skill? Cinder boxes stacked and glued together can be a wonderful and innovative home for succulent plants.


Fabrics can help – for adding privacy or just for enhancing beauty. If you have close neighbors, use outdoor curtains for blocking unwanted views. They will add privacy when closed and ambiance when open. Similarly, a temporary canopy for an open patio will act as an outdoor roof, shading from the sun, and increasing the beauty of the place.

These outdoor organization tips are easy and hassle-free. By applying them, you can make a big difference in your patio in a single weekend. These simple cleaning and decorating ideas are sure to offer something to suit your time and style.

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