5 Ways to Keep Your Elderly Loved Ones Safe from Summer Heat
Summer is here and the heat has settled in for the next few months. Here at CARE, Inc. we put a strong emphasis on keeping our client’s safe – especially the elderly. Hot weather can be dangerous, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can even lead to death. At CARE, Inc. we train our employees to not only be able to spot the signs of heat exhaustion but also to prevent it in the long run. There are several things you, as a caregiver, can do to make sure your loved one sails through summer cool and comfortable.
Here are 5 ways you can help keep your loved ones safe:
- Drink plenty of liquids – Dehydration plays one of the biggest roles in health issues caused by the heat. In this instance, water and juice should be the primary liquids consumed. Drinks that are high in sugar or that are caffeinated should be avoided – they can actually increase dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include headache, nausea, and dizziness.
- Appropriate Clothing – It’s important to wear breathable, light colored clothing. Long sleeves and pants that are light weight are great for protecting your loved one from the sun. Always wearing a hat can also keep them cool and shaded if out in the direct sunlight. An also important factor is sunscreen, though not clothing – it can act as a barrier between the skin and the sun, reducing the chance for sunburn.
- Avoid the hottest part of the day – The hottest part of the day is usually between noon and 6pm. If your schedule allows, try scheduling outings early in the morning or after 6pm to reduce time spent in the sun.
- Seek shade and cool places – during the day it is important to seek shelter from direct sunlight. Whether it’s under a tree or with a hat, the less amount of sun you can come into direct contact with, the cooler your loved one will be.
- Warning Signs – know the warning signs of heat exhaustion and related illnesses. If your loved one feels dizzy, nauseous or has a headache, they may be suffering. Find a cool location and administer liquids such as water or juice. Cooling the body temperature back down should aid in their discomfort. If necessary contact a medical professional.
Let CARE, Inc. help to keep your elderly loved one cool and safe this summer. Our trained staff helps keep family members at home in their trusted and safe environment. Less travel means less time in the heat! We can provide assistance in a multitude of different ways. From medication distribution, simply companionship, light housekeeping duties and much more. We pride ourselves on making sure our clients are happy and living their lives to their fullest capability. Our services often times allow families to fully enjoy their time together and give rest to those who have taken on the role of a full-time caregiver. Our employees strive to give life back to our client’s and their loved ones; lives are changed for the better, when CARE, Inc. is there.
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