Tips for older people to stay cool this summer

With Summer temperatures rising, it is important to recognise that older people's bodies are often unable to adjust to sudden changes in temperature, making them more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Doctors warn that hot nights are particularly dangerous for the elderly as it is more difficult for their bodies to recover from heat stress caused by hot days.

With this in mind, here are a few tips from Home Instead Brighton, Hove & Shoreham on how to stay safe during the hot summer months:

Avoid the hottest times of the day (between 11am-3pm)
If you do need to venture out, make sure that you aren't outside for long periods of time and find shady spots when you can. 

Keep hydrated
Even if you don't feel thirsty, it's important to drink plenty of water or fruit juice to replace fluids lost during sweating. Avoid caffeine (coffee or tea) or alcohol which increases dehydration. 

Choose lightweight clothing
Clothing which is loose, lightweight, light coloured and breathable is best, e.g. a white linen or cotton shirt or dress.

Cool down
Take showers and baths when possible. If you're out and about, use a cotton hankie soaked in cool water and place it on the back of your neck or on your wrists.

Cover up
In addition to wearing cooler clothing, it's important to remember a hat. No matter whether it's a cotton baseball cap or a straw boater, headwear will help to keep your face in the shade.

Pick the perfect spot
Seek out the coolest areas of your home during warmer weather. Keep curtains and blinds closed to prevent sun heating up rooms, especially your bedroom. If safe, leave windows open event a little during the night and turn off non-essential lights and electrical items.

At Home Instead, we’re on a mission to help the UK population to age well by allowing seniors to stay at home whilst receiving high-quality, dignified older person’s care, whatever their situation. Learn more about our wide range of elderly home care services

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