You Can Keep Your Loved One Safe From the Heat | Executive Care of Southern Ocean
Those times spent outside enjoying the excellent summertime weather are something that is enjoyed by people of all ages.
There can be many benefits to spending quality time outside for seniors, but it is also possible for those benefits to turn to negatives quickly.
Older adults can fall victim to heat stress due to changes in their bodies. It can become difficult for their systems to adapt to changes in temperatures, with things such as chronic medical conditions, medications and the body’s overall ability to control sweat and temperature adjustments turning faulty.
How Heat Is Dangerous
Heat-related illnesses, encompassed under hyperthermia, are able to go from minor to serious, even life-threatening, very fast. These illnesses can be:
- Heat stroke
- Heat edema
- Heat exhaustion
- Heat syncope
- Heat cramps
There are other factors from the heat that may boost the risk of hyperthermia, so be sure you are familiar with them because it could save a life. Some of these factors include:
- Age-related changes like poor circulation and inefficient sweat glands
- High blood pressure or other issues that call for salt-restricted diets
- Being overweight or underweight
- Reduced sweating from medications like diuretics, sedatives, etc.
Ways to Keep Them Safe
There’s no need for protecting your loved one from the risks of heat stress to be a hard or time-consuming task.
There are two ways to keep older adults protected from the heat, which are to make sure they are staying hydrated and cool.
The time they spend outside should be limited during peak heat hours, which usually fall between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Also, be sure they are spending their time in an air-conditioned building as a fan is not the best option for a cooling source.
Increasing water intake when spending time out in the heat is a wise option, and be sure they are drinking even before becoming thirsty. Take precautions, though, if they have fluid limitations or are taking medications such as water pills. It is always best to consult with a doctor regarding the recommended drink amounts.
These safety tips can help ensure that your aging loved one’s summer is one that is enjoyable, beneficial and safe.
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.