Tips to stay well in the hot weather from Home Instead Hammersmith and Chiswick (Ad)
Expected Spring heat waves and summer just around the corner, for a lot of our elderly clients, the risk of developing heat-related illnesses can increase. This is especially true during the hot weather, and more so if it stays too hot for too long. Heat and the elderly is, therefore, a topic that here at Home Instead, we feel is important to address to help our clients and their families prepare. By using sound judgment and by taking the relevant precautions, we can all ensure that summer remains a safe and enjoyable time for all our elderly clients and loved ones.
Older people are at increased risk of developing heat-related illnesses because the ability to respond to summer heat can become less efficient as the body ages . This means it is easier for older adults to become dehydrated, for example. Those who already suffer from existing health problems, including chronic conditions that affect the heart and breathing, could also be at an increased risk of overheating.
Heat-related illnesses that can affect senior citizens can be milder or more serious, depending on the symptoms. These can include:
If you are a carer for an elderly relative, it is particularly important that during hot weather, you watch out for the following symptoms:
If you suspect that someone you know or care for may be experiencing symptoms of heat-related illness, you should:
Heat stroke is especially dangerous for the elderly and requires immediate attention. If you are worried someone may be experiencing a heat stroke, call 999 or 112 immediately.
Symptoms of a heat stroke can include:
If you are a carer for an elderly person, ensure they stay hydrated. Encourage them to drink plenty of water and clear fluids (up to 8 glasses), including fruit and vegetable juices and soups. Alcoholic drinks and caffeine should be avoided if possible.
Also, it is important to watch out for sugar intake, so do limit fizzy and sugary drinks.
Especially on hot and humid days, we encourage our clients to stay indoors. During a heatwave, it is best to keep windows shut and pull down the shades or close the curtains. We encourage our clients to identify the coolest room of the house during the day and spend time in that room.
If air-conditioning is not available, purchasing a fan may be an option.
If heading out is necessary, it is important to dress for the weather - overdressing should be avoided and loose clothing in light colours and breathable fabric (like cotton) should be preferred.
We also encourage our clients to avoid going out during the hottest time of the day. This is generally between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm.
If this is safe and possible, encourage your elderly relatives to cool down using water. Hot baths (including a sponge bath) and showers are not recommended. If not possible, consider using a water spray.
If you are worried about an elderly relative staying safe and well in the summer month, when the risk of being affected by heat-related illnesses and symptoms is increased, get in touch with us. Our CAREGivers are professionally trained to care and assist the elderly and help them cope with the summer heat. Also, through developing very close relationships with our clients, we find that our CAREGivers become really attuned to spotting any changes of behaviour or any unusual symptoms, even the most subtle ones.
If you want the reassurance that your elderly relative is being cared for and looked after by a professional, fill in this form for a free care consultation or call us on 0208 746 1213 to arrange an appointment.
April 14, 2022
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