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Tuesday, Jul. 25th 2017

Beating the HEAT at Clover Care Home Senior Retirement Residence

Clover Care Home senior retirement residence has excellent on-site staff to make sure your loved ones are eating healthy, staying cool and hydrated. Dehydration happens when an individual loses more water than they take in. Sizzling summer temperatures can be dangerous for seniors who might already be dehydrated from medications or decreased thirst. Our bodies perspire more than usual, and in order to maintain healthy functionality, it is vital that we stay hydrated. We can do that by making sure your loved ones at our senior retirement residence drink plenty of liquids, and eat a healthy diet.

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Good hydration doesn’t have to rely on water alone. Iced tea, home-made lemonade or even simply adding fruit to a bottle of water can make it easier to get more fluids. In addition to water we suggest incorporating drinks that have electrolytes, as well. Some drinks that are full of nutrients and a great choice to sip on all day long are Aquahydrate®, Zico Coconut Water® and Gatorade® and they all have the electrolytes you need. Just be sure to avoid too many overly sweetened or caffeine-laden beverages, which could undo some hydration efforts.

Staying comfortable in the heat of the summer at our senior retirement residence is a primary focus of our employees at Clover Care Home. What our residents put in their body is just as important as what they put on their body, such as light-weight, comfortable clothing, when it comes to staying cool and not becoming over-heated. Food and fluids can play a key role in summer-time for your loved ones at a senior retirement residence.

Some of the most hydrating fruits and vegetables just happen to be in-season during these toasty summer months, and therefore are an excellent choice for helping seniors to stay cool – melons, cucumbers, celery, lettuce and tomatoes all help to keep one hydrated, allowing the body to function more effectively at releasing heat. These foods can be kept chilled in the refrigerator and eaten raw. Another great choice for a “Cool-down” treat is a smoothie – these drinks can be packed with nutritious fruits or vegetables and lots of cool, hydrating liquid. Clover Care Home senior retirement residence kitchen staff will make sure there is no added sugar-laden ingredients that can cause a ‘sugar-crash’, or that may be harmful to someone on a restricted diet.

There are other good choices of foods for helping to keep one cool and comfortable, but let’s talk about the things that you might want to avoid – in particular, spicy foods and diuretic foods that flush water out of your body. Mango, fennel, artichokes and asparagus should also not be consumed as they tend to cause an increase in body-temperature. Since meat and other high-protein foods make the body work harder during digestion, it’s also a good idea to limit these, too. More easily digestible carbohydrates, such as fruit, are better choices.

Clover Care Home senior retirement residence has a lot to offer in caring for your loved ones – find out more about us at


The care our mom has received at Clover Care has been nothing short of exceptional. The country setting helps to add to the inviting atmosphere in which our mom has thrived. The staff is always friendly, knowledgeable and caring. Clover Care has made a difficult situation seem like a natural transition in life. We would recommend it to anyone looking for long term care of a loved one.

- Jeanne D. & Vicki L.

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