Independent Living Retirement Hickory Valley
Independent Living

Assisted Living Retirement Hickory Valley
Assisted Living

Vibrant Activities
Vibrant Activities

Contact Hickory Valley
Contact Us


Beat the Heat: Fun Hacks for Staying Cool This Summer

Summertime in Chattanooga can be delightful, but the heat can also be challenging, especially for seniors. At Hickory Valley Retirement, we understand the importance of keeping cool during the warmer months. Here are some fun and practical tips to help our residents stay comfortable and refreshed all summer long.

1. Stay Hydrated with Flavored Ice Cubes
Water is the best tool against the summer heat, but it can be mundane. Try adding flavored ice cubes to your water! Just freeze cubes with bits of lemon, lime, cucumber, or your favorite herbs like mint or basil. This not only enhances the taste but also encourages more frequent sipping throughout the day.

2. Create Your Own Shade
Enjoy the outdoors while protecting yourself from direct sunlight. At Hickory Valley Retirement, we encourage residents to use sun hats, umbrellas, or even set up a fun picnic area under a canopy. These shaded spots provide comfort and enable everyone to enjoy the beautiful, landscaped grounds without the risk of overheating.

3. Opt for Lightweight Clothing
Choosing the right clothing can significantly affect your comfort level during hot weather. Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made from cotton or linen allows your skin to breathe and keeps your body cooler. We also have fun fashion shows where residents can showcase their summer styles!

4. Cool Down with Water Activities
Water aerobics, swimming, or just wading in the pool are fantastic ways to stay active and keep body temperatures in check. Hickory Valley Retirement offers scheduled pool activities that make exercising more enjoyable and less of a chore in the summer heat.

5. Make Use of Personal Fans
Portable fans can be a lifesaver during the hotter days. Whether it’s a handheld fan during a walk or a small electric fan by the bedside, the additional airflow can make a significant difference in comfort.

6. Close Blinds and Curtains
Sunlight streaming through windows can significantly increase indoor temperatures. We encourage residents to keep blinds or curtains closed during the hottest parts of the day, especially on south-facing windows, to keep living spaces cooler.

7. Chill with Cold Compresses
Keep a few washcloths in the refrigerator and use them as cold compresses on your neck, wrists, or forehead when you feel overheated. It’s a quick and refreshing way to reduce your body temperature.

At Hickory Valley Retirement in Chattanooga, Tennessee, our community is all about enjoying summer safely and comfortably. With these tips, residents can beat the heat and make the most of the sunny season. Visit our website to learn more about the vibrant life at Hickory Valley Retirement or to schedule a visit and see how we keep cool and stay fun all summer long!