We all look forward to summer and the fun it holds. People of all ages enjoy activities under the sun, but when seniors are involved, staying cool takes on added importance. Caregivers need to make sure that fun and safety go hand in hand so that seniors can enjoy being outdoors without ending up in the emergency room. Sun stroke can occur quickly and without notice, but thankfully there are easy ways to avoid it. Here are some ways to make sure that caregivers keep seniors safe in the summer heat.
Drink, Drink, Drink
As people age, and/or are experiencing ill health, their body may lose its ability to signal thirst. Sometimes it is a factor of declining senses and other times it is a side effect of medication. Regardless of the cause, caregivers of seniors need to keep a close eye on fluid intake to make sure they stay well hydrated, especially in the summer heat. If the senior has a history of heart failure or kidney disease, make sure to strike the right balance so they don’t become over-hydrated.
Fun in the Sun, Relaxation in the Shade
It’s important to remember that those who are aging or in ill health may have diminished mental capacities. Think twice before leaving them in the car alone. Those suffering from dementia may play with the air conditioning controls, or try to operate the car. They may lock themselves inside or out of the car, creating additional hazards. Caregivers must always remain one step ahead of the senior to keep them safe and out of harm’s way.