Posted on Jul 31, 2015
Beat the Heat with In Home Help
The summer sun is sizzling and the heat is on. With hot July weather, it is important to find ways to stay cool. While the summer season is the best time for outdoor activities, it can be unsafe for elderly loved ones for extended periods of time. When the mercury rises it is important to find ways to beat the heat.
Overly hot temperatures can lead to dehydration and potential heat stroke. Elderly loved ones need to take extra precaution when the days are especially hot. One way to beat the heat is to take the opportunity to stay indoors in the air conditioning. The dog days of summer are great for working on those house projects that have been put aside while the weather is nice. Take the time to organize those cluttered closets and remove unused items in the home that might otherwise be a trip hazard. It is important to take many breaks and prevent your elderly one from overextending their energy. In home help can be particularly useful for this type of household project.
Another way to beat the heat is to go to local museums and theaters. A cultural visit is sure to excite the mind and provide an activity that is entertaining as well as climate-controlled. Going to the movies to spend time at a matinee can also be a fun outing to pass a humid day. Family flicks can be a great way to include grandchildren as well! Any way to spend time with family is a great day!
When family outings and other social events such as weddings and graduations call for time spent outdoors, it is important to help an elderly loved one to beat the heat. Remind your loved one to wear loose, breathable layers like cotton. A sun hat can also help to prevent sunburn on the skin. Bring an umbrella to help provide shade if trees or a canopy is not available at the event. It is important that your loved stay hydrated. Remind them to drink plenty of fluids while outdoors and find shade whenever possible. If there is a building nearby, help them to take breaks in air conditioning to keep cool. Many senior loved ones wish to remain active in their family activities as much as physically possible. In home help can provide the necessary reminders for staying cool so they are able to participate in these memorable functions and still beat the heat.
If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home elderly care, along with the many benefits of professional senior care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Minnetonka to speak to a senior care specialist today 763-219-4383! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Minnetonka provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Bloomington, Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, Saint Paul, Minnetonka, Lakeland, and White Bear Lake, Minnesota.