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Heat Safety for Seniors and In Home Help

Heat Safety for Seniors and In Home Help

The mercury is rising more and more as each summer day passes.  The heat index can be even higher and be dangerous with extended periods of time spent outdoors.  Excessive heat can lead to dehydration, increased risk of heart attack and possibly heat stroke.  It is important to take time to cool off in shade and air conditioning whenever possible.  Taking excessive summer heat seriously is important for every person, no matter how old. 

Heat safety is especially important for seniors.  Seniors do not have the ability to sweat as younger people do.  Sweat is useful for cooling the body off and because of this, a senior loved one faces more risk with extended periods of heat exposure.  Keep a bottle of water at hand at all times to provide a reminder to keep drinking fluids.  Staying hydrated and drinking lots of liquids in the summer is key to heat safety for seniors.

When a senior loved one has plans to spend time outdoors for a family gathering, be sure they wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothing.  Wearing a sun hat can be helpful with blocking sunrays and provide UV protection as well.   Find shade whenever possible and seek air conditioning to cool off in breaks whenever necessary.

After a day out in the sun with family and friends, it is helpful go shower afterwards.  As the water evaporates, it helps to cool the body.  Using a damp washcloth on the back of the neck and on the forehead will also help cooling your senior if they are staying outdoors and can’t get back into air conditioning.

Heat safety for seniors includes remembering to take frequent breaks from the sun, wearing loose layers that can be removed as the day gets warmer and replaced when the evening temps cool.  Drinking lots of water will help to prevent dehydration and other potential complications.  When the weather is warmer, take the time to enjoy those outdoor barbecues and cookouts; just remember to find shade and air conditioning whenever possible. 

If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home help and the many benefits of professional elderly care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-687-7777!   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 Santa Barbara provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.