Tips to help older people cope in hot weather

With temperatures expected to hit the high 30s this weekend, it is important to know how to keep safe and well in the heat. Although most us enjoy the summer and feeling some sunshine on our skin, it does come with some risks. Those aged 75 and over as well as older people living with Dementia, they find it harder to keep cool, so take a look at these NHS tips for staying cool, well hydrated, and healthy in the warm weather.

NHS tips for coping in hot weather:

·   look out for older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
·      stay cool indoors—many of us will need to stay safe at home this summer so know how to keep your home cool

·      close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
·      if going outdoors, use cool spaces considerately and keep your distance in line with social distancing guidelines
·      follow coronavirus social distancing guidance and wash your hands regularly
·      drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
·      never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle
·      try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
·      walk in the shade, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a wide brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
·      avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day
·      make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling
·      if you are going into open water to cool down, take care and follow local safety advice
·      Remember that while coronavirus restrictions are in place, you will need to follow government guidance to use public spaces safely.

Liz Brackley, Owner, Home Instead Brighton, Hove and Shoreham, said: ‘Most of us enjoy the hot weather, but it is so important to keep yourself and vulnerable older people healthy while doing so. A heatwave’s main risks are becoming dehydrated from not drinking enough water, overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing, and heat exhaustion and heatstroke. We have advised all of our CAREGivers to take extra precautions to help keep our Clients safe and well throughout the heatwave we’re expecting this weekend.’

For more information visit the NHS website.