Since we’re now deep into the dog days of summer, the longer periods of daylight, increased humidity and higher temperatures can swiftly have an effect on the health of seniors. As hundreds of people in the U.S. die every summer from heat-related conditions, and most of those are older adults, it is vital to take measures to be certain your older loved ones stay safe. Our New Hampton home care experts can help! Keep these summer safety recommendations in mind, especially when the outside temperature increases to 90 degrees or higher:
- Avoid sunlight throughout peak periods of heat. Limit outside time to early mornings or evenings, or if the senior must be outside in the afternoon, ensure he or she is protected by shade. Staying in an air conditioned atmosphere is preferable. If air conditioning isn’t available in the person’s home, find public settings like the library or movie theater to pass time in intense heat.
- Dress accordingly. Loose-fitting, light colored clothing is best when it’s hot, and a wide-brimmed hat is appropriate when outside in the sunshine. And, be sure to remember the sunscreen.
- Consume plenty of liquids, specifically water. There’s nothing better for hydration than plain water, but clear juices are also helpful. Just make sure the older adult stays away from caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, which have the reverse effect.
- Decrease bath and shower water temperature. A moderate temperature for showers and baths (neither too hot nor too cold) is recommended in hot weather. Placing cool, moist washcloths on the neck, ankles, wrists and armpits can also assist with cooling.
It’s important to maintain a close eye on elder loved ones during the hot months of summertime, as serious heat-related problems, including dehydration, heat syncope, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, could quickly manifest, requiring medical attention. If you notice the senior is suffering from weakness, headaches or muscle cramps, dizziness, confusion, nausea, or fever, call 911 or his or her doctor immediately for direction.
Live Free Home Health Care’s professional New Hampshire home care provides families with peace of mind in knowing their older loved ones are protected, healthy and thriving at all times. We can help make sure that older adults are consuming plenty of fluids, that the home environment is comfortable and cool, that balanced meals are prepared, and we can even take care of light housework and laundry duties, run errands, and provide transportation to medical appointments or fun excursions. Whatever the need, Live Free is available to help!
Call us at your convenience at 603-217-0149 to learn more about how we can keep your senior loved one safe this summer, and throughout the year!