Be heat aware says elderly care specialist

At-home care company, Home Instead Senior Care is advising everyone to help older people to take precautions as temperatures across the UK continue to soar. 

We think it’s safe to say that the weather so far this summer makes a welcome change from recent years, but it is vital that we remain aware of the health risks the heat brings.  

For many older people, their bodies are often unable to adjust to sudden changes or constant extreme high or low temperatures. They are more likely to have medical conditions that can change normal body responses to heat and they may well be on medication which can also impair their ability to regulate their temperature. So it is particularly important that precautions are taken to ensure they are able to enjoy the sun and the warmth safely. 

We would urge people to look out for vulnerable elderly relatives and neighbours as the hot weather continues. It is just the same as when we have adverse weather conditions in winter, we need to look out for each other.  

We’re advising our clients and older people in the community to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm and when they do go out to seek out shady areas, wear sunscreen, a hat, loose cotton clothing and sunglasses when being outside is necessary. We would also highly recommend drinking plenty of cold drinks to avoid dehydration and keeping the curtains closed on windows which are in direct sunlight. We know we all like keeping our gardens tidy and doing our housekeeping but now is a good reason to take it a bit easier and do jobs around the house in the cooler morning and evening periods. 

As this is a period of intense warm weather, medical professionals have been advised to mobilise community and voluntary assistance to ensure high-risk seniors are supported in their homes. Carers are urged to check that the person’s care plan contains contact details for their GP, and care providers and to particularly look out for signs of dehydration and heatstroke. 

For further advice on how to help older people stay safe in the hot weather we recommend you visit:  https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

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