I bought my mother a motorized patio screen for her birthday, and she is absolutely in love with it. It give her and her dogs shade. That sun can get pretty harsh, too, but with her new motorized patio screen, she can enjoy being outside without the sunlight bearing down on her.
When I was at the store checking them out, they also had tons of other options, too. I saw awnings for patio use, outdoor patio shades, patio blinds, patio shades and even roll up patio shades. I decided I would go the extra mile and get my Mom the motorized one though.
Plus, the motorized patio screen keeps the bugs out at night. I admit, this was a bit selfish on my part. I bought it so I could enjoy spending time with her there without having to worry about those annoying things.
For anyone who wants to be able to enjoy their patio properly, I would definitely recommend getting a motorized patio screen, or at least patio shades of some kind.