[BLOG] Keeping the elderly well in a heatwave

Published: 22/05/2019

Guest blog from Caron CaresKeeping the elderly well in a heatwave

Keeping the elderly well in a heatwave

A guest blog from Caron Cares

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Many of us long for a hot Summer but a heatwave poses potential danger for the elderly. Here are a few ideas to keeping the elderly well in a heat wave.

  • Close the curtains or pull down blinds to prevent direct sunlight entering rooms
  • Avoid going out unless early morning and late evening and even then wear a wide brimmed hat or cap.
  • Wear loose clothing, cotton is cool whilst synthetics dry faster if they become wet with perspiration,
  • If they do need to go out – suncream with a high SP factor ( at least 20)
  • Cool someone down by putting their wrists under a running cold tap. This cools the part of the  brain responsible for heat regulation.

Hydration and nutrition

  • Fluids, fluids and fluids, ensure they drink plenty. Have a jug of water or squash to hand at all times for someone less mobile,
  • Ice lollies, ice cream, ice in drinks all helps to cool someone elderly down,
  • Encourage them to eat plenty of salads with juicy ingredients such as cucumber and melon.

Heat Exhaustion

The most common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
  • Confusion.
  • Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration)
  • Dizziness.
  • Fainting.
  • Fatigue.
  • Headache.
  • Muscle or abdominal cramps.
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Also if you gently pinch the skin on the back of the hand of an elderly person it should still spring back ( albeit slowly) if not this is a clear sign of dehydration .

Caron writes blogs and articles regularly for her site: www.caroncares.co.uk, offering advice and information for anyone caring for the elderly.

WINNER in The Care Advice Awards 2015 
Finalist in The UK Blog Awards 2015
 Finalist in The Older People in the Media awards 2014.