Keeping Your Aging Loved Ones Safe From Excessive Heat | Executive Care of Fort Myers
There’s nothing better than enjoying some quality outdoors time during the summer, regardless of your age.
While there are plenty of benefits to spending time outdoors for seniors, it’s vital that you take precautions so that the heat does not turn dangerous for your aging loved one.
Older adults can fall victim to heat stress because of some differences in their bodies due to the aging process. It can be more difficult for their systems to regulate those higher temperatures that accompany summertime, with things such as chronic medical issues and various medications making it even more difficult for the body to adapt to the heat.
When Heat Is Dangerous
Heat-related illnesses, encompassed under hyperthermia, can easily become serious risks for the elderly, possibly even life-threatening in the right conditions. These illnesses can include:
- Heat stroke
- Heat edema
- Heat exhaustion
- Heat syncope
- Heat cramps
There are other temperature-related factors that may boost the chance of hyperthermia, so be sure you are familiar with them as 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.
Keeping Seniors Safe in the Summer
It doesn’t have to be difficult keeping your loved one safe from the dangers of heat this summer.
There are two ways to keep older adults protected from the heat, which are to make sure they are staying hydrated and cool.
It is wise to have your loved one stay indoors where it is air-conditioned during the peak heat times, which are usually between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Be advised: A fan is not recommended as a sole cooling source when the temperatures are higher.
Having your loved one boost his or her water intake during the hot summer months is also a good plan. He or she should be drinking even when not thirsty. Remember, some medical conditions and medications may require limitations to the fluids consumed. This is why it’s best to check with your loved one’s doctor about how much he or she should be drinking.
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 Fort Myers 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.