News outlets are predicting major Australian cities could experience up to 50 degree heat this summer! We’ve created a cool guide to help you keep your temperature down during the hotter months of the year, with a specific focus on accessability
1. Public pools
When it gets hot outside, cooling down in some water is amazing. Usually, the newer the pool or facility, the more accessible it may be, with many pools having chairs, ramps and accessible showers and changing facilities. Many council run pools have an accessibility feature.
While traditionally, beaches aren’t the most accessible places around, there are several beaches around Melbourne that are made accessible, including Williamstown and Altona. Both of these beaches now have floating wheelchairs and special matting that allows people with mobility difficulties to take a dip in the ocean. Other beaches are also taking steps towards adding ramps and paths too.
Many beaches offer free hire of beach wheelchairs so that you can always have access to the best beaches.
During the busy summer months, many beaches run activities. Why not consider some of these such as surfing? Check out The Disabled Surfers Association of Australia.
3. Ice Rink
If you have a local ice rink, there’s no better way to cool down on a hot summer day than with ice, right? This can be a great social outing with friends and the whole family.
4. Movies and Museums
Not your stereotypical summer activity, but when you don’t want to go outdoors, or when it’s just too hot, consider some fun indoor activities. Many big movies tend to come out in summer and museums usually have a wide range of activities on. Not to mention that these types of buildings are airconditioned and accessible.
Many major attractions such as museums and cinemas have accessible ramps and airconditioning, making them the perfect summer activity destination.
Staying cool in summer is vital, especially when tepmeratures soar. Here are some of our basic tips to keep your temperature down when out and about;
- Consider air conditioned buildings
- Always carry water
- Always wear sun screen
- Wear a wide brim hat
- Always make sure you take everything you need with you – Medication, walking aids, wheelchairs, aids and protective garments.
At Life Mobility, we exist to make sure that people living with a disability are able to lead an independent lifestyle. We understand that each person’s needs are unique and require a unique solution. You can view our range of mobility products, or contact us for assistance.