With the start of summer just a month away, now is the perfect time to review summertime safety tips for seniors.

Watching Out for High Temperatures

Summertime temperatures can be very dangerous, with nearly 200 Americans dying of health problems caused by high heat and humidity. Unfortunately, most of those individuals are over the age of 50.

Seniors can be more susceptible to the dangers that high temperatures bring with them. There are many reasons for this, including aging-related physical changes in the body, chronic health conditions and even side effects of some medications.

Some common issues that accompany high temperatures include:

  • Dehydration
  • Heat stroke
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat syncope

Take the time to review the signs and symptoms of various heat-related health issues, as it could prove to be a lifesaver in extreme situations. Some heat-related illnesses can be taken care of at home, but there are some cases where hospitalization may be required.

Summer Safety

Here is a brief rundown of summertime safety tips for seniors:

  1. Keep cool.
  2. Wear sunglasses.
  3. Take breaks during physical activity.
  4. Stay hydrated.
  5. Use bug spray.
  6. Avoid being outside on extremely hot days.

You may want to make sure the air conditioning works properly at your loved one’s home. Air conditioning can be a lifesaver, especially on those 80+ degree days. If your loved one does not have A/C, it may be wise to put in a window unit or find activities in the area that take place inside air-conditioned buildings.

It is commonly suggested to drink six to eight cups of water a day, but if plans include being out in the sun and heat for extended periods of time, it is best to up the water intake. Low- and no-calorie sports drinks and juices are also ideal beverages for seniors, while soda, coffee and alcohol are not recommended.

Take the time to review the weather forecast, as it’s always best to know what to expect for the day. This can help seniors know what to wear and what to take with them when venturing out.

The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Southern Ocean can work alongside you to ensure your loved one is leading a happy and healthy life throughout the summer and whole year! Contact us today to learn more about the help we can provide.

 

Many older adults want to live in the comfort of home as they age. But without the right safety precautions, that can be difficult and even dangerous.

Fortunately, by finding and mitigating safety hazards in your loved one’s home, you can ensure a safe home environment.

Looking for Safety Hazards

Start by searching for areas of the home that could pose a safety hazard. Focus your safety hazard search on the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. These are areas that can often contain the highest risk for falls and fires— two very serious safety hazards for seniors.

One in four adults over age 65 suffer from falls each year, one of the greatest safety and health risks for seniors. To help eliminate the risk of falls for your aging loved one, you can do the following:

  • Get rid of throw rugs
  • Make sure laundry facilities are on the first floor
  • Remove wheels on chairs
  • Keep steps clear of clutter
  • Apply non-slip wax to floors
  • Add a hall railing
  • Add a raised toilet and grab bars
  • Use rubber-backed bath mats
  • Repair loose carpeting or raised areas of flooring

Check electrical cords to be sure they are in good working condition and are undamaged. Make sure your loved one doesn’t have too many electric cords plugged into one socket or extension cord, and take the time to evaluate appliances and other electrical items in the home.

Make sure the batteries in the smoke detector are being changed and tested regularly. Be sure to review ways your loved will be able to exit the home in case of a fire, making sure there are at least two ways to get out.

Check to make sure the hot water heater thermostat is adjusted so it stays at or under 120 degrees. You may also purchase anti-scalding devices to install in sinks, tubs and showers that will recognize when the water is too hot and stop the flow.

Quick and Easy Safety Tips

Keeping your loved one prepared for many possible scenarios can help ensure his or her safety.

Is there a list of emergency numbers kept by each phone and added to the contact list in a cell phone? Those numbers should include:

  • 911
  • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
  • Family members or friends to call in case of emergency
  • Healthcare provider’s office

Emergency responders will be able to find your love one’s home easier if his or her home address is clearly visible from the street. You can install larger house numbers in metal or stickers to make them more visible and could also spray paint the house numbers on the street curb.

There can be many safety concerns for seniors living alone at home, but fortunately, we’re here to help address some of those concerns. Executive Care of Southern Ocean provides a full range of in-home care services that can make life easier and safer for your aging loved one.

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