The heat is upon us. When the weather starts to heat up, I enjoy the indoors with the cool air conditioner blowing right at me, especially in the therapy gym. Most people who have worked with me know I perspire easily when the weather is warm and even more so when I am at work moving around.
I like the therapy gym temperature to be about 70 degrees but this creates a dilemma for the patients and other staff who say it is too cold. I try to tell everyone they need to move more to warm up but this does not always work.
One place I worked had an air/heating unit connected to the therapy gym and a patient dining room. There was one control switch to regulate two rooms that were used frequently. In both the winter and summer the therapy room would feel like a toasty 80 degrees - comfortable for some of the patients but not so wonderful for those of us working. And to top this off we were required to wear our white lab coats.
Working in sauna-like conditions, although comfortable for the patients, does not work for me. My struggle with this is: Do I make the environment comfortable for me to work in or the patients? I have tried to compromise while working in Palm Springs. One patient said he was too cold to work in therapy, so I suggested we work outside and warm up. He refused to go outside because it was too hot. I don't know what to do about the temperature, any suggestions?