Most of us love being outside in the summer when the weather is warm and the sun is shining. With kids out of school, summer has unofficially begun. With the fun of the summer months also comes heat, which can be deadly, especially for seniors (as well as infants and pets).
Below are 3 tips to help you keep your senior loved one safe during these hot summer months:
- Make sure their air conditioning is working properly. If they don’t have air conditioning, make sure they have plenty of fans where they live. Many seniors tend to be cold anyway, but you don’t want their residence to be too hot.
- If they go outside regularly, suggest that they go in the morning or evening hours when the temperature is lower and the sun isn’t so hot. If they are out mid-day, make sure they dress appropriately so they don’t get too much sun exposure. We all love the vitamin D from the sun, but only with the proper protection for our skin! Make sure they have on a hat and loose, light clothing.
- Have them drink plenty of water. Did you know that the average person sweats about a quart of fluid every day? We would suggest that everyone drink plenty of water all year long, but it is especially important in the hot summer months when we sweat even more. You don’t want your loved one to become dehydrated.
At Assisting Hands® Home Care we make sure the seniors in our care are in the proper climate, whether inside or outside. If there is an issue with something like the air conditioning, our skilled caregivers would make sure the proper people were notified as soon as possible to remedy the situation. Whether you need someone to be with your loved one during the day, in the evening or overnight we can accommodate your needs. You will have peace of mind knowing that your loved one isn’t home alone when they need help with medication, fall prevention, personal care, eating or other needs.
Contact us today to schedule your free in-home fall prevention assessment at 630-305-9100.