Keeping the Elderly Safe in the Hot Weather

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been spending a lot of time in our beautiful eco-garden, but we’ve also been sure to stay safe and comfortable in the heat.

During last year’s heatwave, those aged 65 and over were at their most vulnerable as, with age, comes a lack in ability to adapt to different temperatures. As such, we all need to ensure we enjoy the gorgeous weather as safely as possible.

The risks of hot weather for older people

Heat can impact older people more severely than those who are younger, so if you feel that it’s too hot, it’s time to take action. This is because heat can lead to problems such as heat fatigue, exhaustion and fainting.

If you’re worried about your loved one, check-in with them to see how they’re feeling. If they report that they’re experiencing symptoms such as a loss of appetite, fast breathing and an increased heart rate, you’ll want to find ways to cool them down.

How to help elderly individuals enjoy warm weather

The sunshine can be enjoyed by everyone if you stay safe and be aware of rising temperatures. For example, during the hours between 11 am and 3 pm, find cooler places to unwind and try to avoid direct sunlight. If you prefer to stay indoors, reduce the heat inside by keeping curtains or blinds closed during the day.

Staying hydrated is critical, especially with the sun leading to excess sweating as we try to keep cool. In this respect, avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages and opt instead for water or fruit juices. To make it extra cooling, pop in a couple of ice cubes or enjoy the treat of an ice lolly – a particular favourite with our residents!

Food can also be important in increasing comfort during hot weather. Our chefs here at Churchfields love creating a summer menu full of cooler dishes. Salads are a perfect option as they are not only refreshing but packed full of vitamins and minerals.

We all love a hot shower, but a lukewarm temperature may be preferable in the heat – it can work to be utterly refreshing. Keep in mind that water at this temperature can chill quickly, so if bathing, don’t stay put for too long.

To stay comfortable during the day, consider wearing cooler clothes. Cotton is a great fabric as it’s breathable so, when dressing, pick out cotton t-shirts to ensure body heat doesn’t become trapped in the outer layers of the outfit.

Finally, ensure the environment has good airflow. Arrange fans to create a light breeze or consider a small air conditioning unit to lower the room temperature.

Finding the right care

It’s important that your loved one is able to enjoy the best possible care, especially when it comes to protecting them against the heat during the summer months.

We check that our residents are comfortable and well regularly, and with plenty of shaded areas outside, fans inside and plenty of refreshing drinks and ice treats, we make sure everyone is well-cared for.

To find out more about our Cassington home, contact our friendly team on 01865 881440.

©2020 Churchfields Care Home all rights reserved
Designed & Build by Streamstay