Climbing summer temperatures are a health risk no matter your age, but they’re especially threatening to seniors. It’s crucial you keep your loved one safe when they’re outdoors or at their assisted living community, especially if they have existing health complications. This will help prevent dehydration, heatstroke, and countless other health problems. Here’s what you need to know.
Ways to Keep Seniors Safe This Summer
1. Keep Them Hydrated
Dehydration is one of the leading risks during high temperatures. When the body doesn’t get enough water, bodily functions slow down. In the most extreme states, this can lead to organ failure and death. Make sure your loved one drinks plenty of water, especially if light dehydration is a side effect of their medication. Always have a bottle handy at the park or assisted living community, and ensure they drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses every day.
2. Bring the Right Clothing
If you plan on spending time outdoors, ensure your loved one wears breathable fabrics like cotton. Heavier, dark-colored clothing traps heat and makes it more difficult for them to cool off. Overheating can lead to heat stroke, a serious and sometimes fatal issue. Also, make sure they wear sunglasses to protect their eyes and a billed hat to keep the sun off their face.
3. Recognize Signs of Dehydration
It’s crucial to recognize when it’s time to go inside. If your loved one has a dry mouth and dry skin or is dizzy and having headaches, head indoors. Provide plenty of water and have them drink slowly so they don’t upset their stomach. If they have sunken eyes, a rapid or irregular heartbeat, or faint, seek emergency medical care right away.
GrandeVille Senior Living Community is committed to ensuring seniors safely enjoy the summer weather. Based in Rochester, NY, and serving Monroe County and parts of Wayne, Ontario, Livingston, Orleans, and Genesee counties, this assisted living community specializes in both short- and long-term care and maintains a beautiful campus that features a medical clinic, pharmacy, physical therapy, and more. They take a personalized approach to senior care, so call (585) 621-6160 to schedule a tour. Learn about their assisted living facility on their website.