Keeping Seniors Safe During the Summer | Executive Care of Richmond
The start of summer is fast approaching, and that means it’s the perfect time to review these summertime safety tips for seniors.
Safely Enjoying the Summer
Here is a brief rundown of summertime safety tips for seniors:
- Keep cool.
- Wear sunglasses.
- Stay hydrated.
- Use bug spray.
- Avoid being outside on extremely hot days.
- Take breaks during physical activity.
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.
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.
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.
Dangers of Heat
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:
- 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. While most heat-related illnesses can be taken care of at home, there are some cases where hospitalization may be required.
The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Richmond 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.