Keep Cool, Stay Safe, This Summer
Elderly people are more susceptible to heat stroke and exhaustion as it is more difficult for their bodies to recover from hot days and nights. Although we enjoy the sunny weather, higher temperatures can also present risks to our health. As the temperature continues to rise in the UK, Home Instead Norwich would like to provide you & your loved ones with some useful tips on how to keep cool and protect your health during the summer.
To make the most of the summer weather in the safest way:
It is important to stay hydrated at all times, even if you do not feel thirsty. Drink plenty of water or fruit juice to replace fluids lost during sweating. Avoid coffee, tea or alcohol which increase dehydration.
Take cool showers and baths where possible. You can also soak a flannel or cotton hankie in cold water and place it on the back of your neck and on your wrists.
Avoid the Hottest Times of the Day
Try to avoid being in direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm – stay indoors or find shady spots when you can. If you are in direct sunlight during the hottest times of the day, ensure you wear sun cream to avoid sun burn.
Wear Lightweight Clothing
Try to wear lightweight clothing such as a linen shirt or dress to avoid getting too hot. A light hat can keep your face in the shade and help prevent sunburn.
Avoid Extreme Physical Activity
Try to exercise early in the mornings or later in the evenings to avoid overheating. Remember to drink regularly to avoid dehydration.
Try to find the coolest room in your house. Keep curtains and blinds closed to prevent the sun heating up rooms.
At Home Instead Norwich our mission is to support people to enjoy health and wellbeing in later life. Each of our clients and their needs and wishes are unique. Our tailored services ensure they are cared for as the precious individual they truly are.
To find out more or discuss how we can add years to your life and life to your years, call us now on 01603 963317 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/norwich.