Keeping Seniors Safe From Excessive Heat | Executive Care of Freehold
Those times spent outside enjoying the excellent summertime weather are something that benefits people of all ages, including seniors.
Your loved one may be reaping some benefits from time outside, but those high temperatures could have serious consequences for his or her health and well-being.
It is the changes in the body that come with old age that can make the heat so dangerous for the elderly. Not only are the physiological changes making it difficult to deal with the heat, but there can be underlying health issues at work or medications being taken that can make it harder for the body to control temperature and sweat.
When Heat Is Dangerous
Heat-related illnesses, encompassed under hyperthermia, do not only pose a serious threat to your loved one’s well-being, but can even become fatal in certain situations. These illnesses can include:
- Heat stroke
- Heat edema
- Heat exhaustion
- Heat syncope
- Heat cramps
Some other varying health-related issues could increase the risk of hyperthermia, so be sure you are familiar with them as it could mean the difference between life and death. 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.
Keeping Seniors Safe in the Summer
There’s no need for keeping your loved one safe from the dangers of heat to be a difficult 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.
Limiting time outdoors between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., prime heat times during the day, is a wise idea. You should also be sure your loved one isn’t using a fan as his or her sole cooling source and is spending enough time in air-conditioned areas.
An increase on water intake can be wise during the summer, with your loved one needing to remember to take a drink even when he or she is not thirsty. Take precautions, though, if he or she has medical issues or medications that call for fluid limitations and always consult with a doctor first.
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 Freehold 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.