Posted by Declan Davey
The Autumna team often gets an increase in calls in July and August. Relatives of elderly people contact us with concerns about how a hot spell can impact their loved one’s health.
In this article, Autumna will answer the key questions about summer heat and elderly safety.
Elderly people can avoid the worst of the summer heat by scheduling activities during cooler hours. We suggest early-mid morning or late afternoon and evening.
If you need to attend appointments, ask if slots are available slots at the start or the end of the day. This will reduce harmful exposure to UV rays during peak hours.
Air conditioning is a blessing during the summer months, but many households don’t have access to this. Instead, visit community settings where air conditioning is in place.
Cafes, libraries, and recreation centres may be worth a try. Be sure to phone in advance to double-check that they’re open.
The NHS advises that the ideal room temperature for elderly people is at least 18°C. However, this guideline relates to staying well in cold weather.
What temperature is too high for seniors, then?
The normal body temperature is 37°C, but adults over 65 often experience a decrease in body temperature — to around 36.2°C.
Health In Aging states that when the temperature is over 80°F (26.7°C), seniors ought to take precautions to reduce the risk of overheating.
Bear in mind that the temperature inside your home can vary from the temperature outside.
Do you have concerns about how you or an elderly relative will manage in the summer heat?
Installing a thermometer may help you feel more at ease.
If the temperature in the home does reach 26-27°C, you can take action on some of the 10 tips mentioned above.
Heatstroke symptoms in the elderly are the same as they are for people of other ages, but there are two risk factors for seniors to pay attention to:
Common symptoms of dehydration include thirst, dizziness, darker pee, and urinating less than four times a day.
People with diabetes are more susceptible to dehydration. Those taking diuretic medications (that make you pee more) also need to be careful.
The risk of heatstroke is lowered if early symptoms of dehydration are addressed.
But what are the heatstroke symptoms in elderly people to watch out for? Here’s a list of the main symptoms:
You may be wondering what you can do to prevent heatstroke in the event of a heatwave..
These are a few sensible strategies for managing the summer heat:
Did you know you can use our website to search for local care at home and in the community?
In the search box on the home page, enter the area in which you are looking for home care, live-in care or care homes. Use the various filters to narrow down your search to find exactly which care homes or domiciliary services offer the type of elderly care you are looking for.
Use the shortcut menu and search for 'outstanding care homes' for example. Or if your search is simply based around the question: "Where is there a care home near me?" or "Where can I find a home care service or live in care agency near me?" then simply filter by distance.
Our thanks to healthcare writer, Declan Davey for his help putting this blog together.
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