Senior Care from Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington can help your loved one this summer
Summer is a time for excitement and outdoor activities. However, seniors must be cautious in the heat due to their higher sensitivity. It’s essential to take extra care when planning in the sun to ensure their safety and comfort. Here are some tips to help your aging loved ones enjoy the season.
Drinking 6-8 cups of water daily is recommended, but if you’re in the sun a lot, aim for even more to avoid dehydration. Get a water bottle or two that’s easy to take outside, and challenge yourself to finish it before heading home.
As you age, you may become less aware of your thirst, so don’t rely solely on your body to tell you when you need water. Be proactive and ensure you drink water, sports drinks, or juice to stay hydrated. At Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington, we’ll ensure your senior loved one gets their proper water intake and is safe during the summer heat.
Limit Time Outside
Keep outdoor plans short to protect your loved ones from the sun’s harmful effects. Stick to a couple of hours max and then take a break indoors. Even if you don’t feel it now, too much sun can be dangerous. So be careful and enjoy the outdoors safely!
Remember to keep sunscreen with you always. Put some in your car or any place you can think of where it’s easy to access. If your senior loved one forgets to re-apply, a caregiver is there to assist.
Know the Early Warning Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses
Review the symptoms of dehydration, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke. If you experience these symptoms, speak up and ask for water, shade, or air conditioning. It’s better to take precautions than end up in the emergency room.
Be Aware of Daily Weather
Seniors should avoid strenuous activity during the hot summer months. They should take frequent breaks in shady or air-conditioned areas to prevent overheating. Heat-related illnesses can be avoided by staying cool during scorching days. Seniors should use indoor air conditioning or fans and close blinds and drapes to block the sun. Caregivers can help seniors by assisting with these daily tasks as well as meal preparation to prepare for a day in the sun.
Schedule a FREE Senior Care Consultation
Our caregivers are trained to watch over their patients’ health and well-being and can help prevent heat-related illnesses. Schedule a senior care consultation with Home Care Assistance of Greater Burlington to learn more about how our home care services can assist you or your loved one in staying safe this summer.