Summer means longer days, warm weather, vacations, relaxation, and fun. It can also mean seniors and persons with disabilities need some special attention to avoid heat-related illnesses. Keep your elderly or disabled loved ones safe this summer. At Community Care of the Northeast, our home health care aides are trained to help prevent the effects of warm weather problems.
Many medically fragile people are at risk of being negatively affected by higher summer temperatures.
- Aging makes it harder to regulate body temperature.
- Because seniors skin is thinner, it offers less protection from sunburns.
- High blood pressure and poor circulation, as well as heart, kidney and lung diseases, can put elderly and disabled people at a higher risk for heat-related illnesses.
- Various medications can alter the ability to manage hotter weather.
- Some injuries or diseases can change the brain and make it difficult to process sensory information or regulate a person’s response to heat.
Warning signs of heat-related illnesses – Heat Stroke
- High body temperature (103°F or higher)
- Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
- Fast, strong pulse
- Losing consciousness (passing out)
- Heavy sweating
- Cold, pale, and clammy skin
- Rapid, weak pulse
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle cramps
- Tiredness or weakness
- Fainting (passing out)
Make sure your loved one gets help right away if they are throwing up, their symptoms get worse or last longer than one hour.
Tips to stay cool
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommend these tips to stay healthy during those hot summer days.
Wear layers – It is important to dress in light-colored, light-weight layers that are loose-fitting. Natural fabrics such as cotton will keep you coolest. Remember to wear a hat to shade your head and eyes in direct sunlight. Dressing in layers makes it easy to be comfortable outside or in air conditioning.
Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of liquids throughout the day. Dehydration is one of the biggest dangers during heat waves. Avoid drinks that are sugary and highly caffeinated. Water is your best choice.
Stay in the shade and cool places – The hottest part of the day is between 11 am and 4 pm. Try scheduling your outings before or after those hours. Use air conditioning and cover the windows to keep cooler.
Keep your elderly or disabled loved ones safe this summer. Have a plan of action in case your loved one needs help during the long summer months.
Check-in on them often and make sure they know who to call if they need assistance quickly. Community Care of the Northeast provides compassionate, supportive care faithfully and professionally so that your loved ones can safely enjoy aging at home. Regardless of what the situation might be, there is a solution to accommodate all of your loved one’s wants and needs. Contact Community Care today to go over your options.