Residents at Spiritwood at Pine Lake receive hydration station.

Village Concepts, a third generation family owned business, is proud to help seniors live their best lives in retirement and assisted living communities throughout Washington State. As temperatures rise across the state, senior citizens in particular are at risk for dehydration. Michelle Strazis, Executive Director of Spiritwood at Pine Lake retirement community in Issaquah, advocates for seniors and staff to stay safe during the hot months and keep themselves hydrated.

Strazis knows the importance of acting mindfully in the heat, especially when it comes to the wellness of their senior population. By strategically placing a “Hydration Station” in the bistro and memory care areas, residents and staff will be reminded to be proactive in combatting growing temperatures this summer.

“The hydration stations are so important to our community staying safe during these hot months, ” Strazis said in a press release. “We’re making sure everyone can enjoy the sunshine without worrying.”

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 40% of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over 65 and dehydration is one of the 10 most frequent diagnoses responsible for hospitalization.

Spiritwood at Pine Lake is committed to providing comprehensive information and education to ensure that seniors are protected through this heat wave. The suggestion below by the CDC should be practiced and taken into consideration among all households, especially with a senior citizen:

  • Drink fluids throughout the day to keep the body balanced, including 8 oz. of fluid following medication.
  • Take it easy. Seniors need to be reminded to not overexert themselves, especially in high temperatures.
  • Know the warning signs of heat-related illness. When a senior shows signs of dizziness, nausea, headaches, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting and/or breathing problems, you should seek medical help immediately.
  • Stay indoors during the hottest part of the day – Avoid direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. during high temperatures. Staying indoors, preferably in an air-conditioned environment or near a fan, will help keep the body cool.
  • Make phone calls. If you can’t check on a senior in person, call periodically throughout the day and offer them verbal reminders to stay cool and hydrated.

Village Concepts manages 17 communities, and aims to keep its residents and staff well informed and safe during the hottest times of the year. Spiritwood at Pine Lake knows a simple fan or Hydration Station can make all the difference.