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Senior Safety: Preventing Heat Exhaustion

With hotter and hotter temperatures, summer can be dangerous for many, especially those with compromised immune systems or chronic illness. Although there are lots of fun activities outdoors to enjoy, be sure to take precautions when taking the elderly or chronically ill outside.

We've put together a few helpful tips for keeping your loved ones safe in the hot, summer temperatures, both at home and outside and prevent heat exhaustion.

1. Wear Sunscreen

We highly recommend all people wear sunscreen outdoors, especially those who have a tendency to burn. Be sure to check labels and try to find safe brands.

2. Wear Hats

A hat a great way to prevent the harsh sun from penetrating your face and eyes, but it can also protect your head from burning. For our loved ones who may have thinning or balding hairlines, this can make all the difference.

3. Cover Up

Many who work directly in the sun every day often wear long sleeves and recommend them to others, as they protect their skin from the sun. It may seem like it's too hot for long sleeves, but it's proven to help.

4. Bring Water Everywhere

Often times the challenges happen when we don't plan ahead, and we find ourselves out in the sun for too long and we've run out of water. This can be incredibly dangerous for us all, but especially our loved ones with Dementia or other chronic illnesses. Often they don't realize how thirsty they are until they are already dehydrated. A great idea is to keep a small cooler in the car anytime you're going to be gone for more than a few hours, and fill it with water.

5. Use Fans

When at home, a fan can truly make all the difference for a loved one dealing with the heat. In the afternoons, the temperatures are often the highest, and can heat up rooms, even with air conditioning. Consider installing ceiling fans or buying stationary fans to help. Blackout drapes or shades are also great ideas, especially if the afternoon suns heats up specific rooms each day.

We also recommend watching the time you take your loved ones outdoors. The hottest and and most dangerous times of day are often between two and five o'clock in the afternoon, so limit exposure during these times if possible.

We hope these ideas helped, and if we can be of service to you or your family, please contact us today. Our Kind Companions are ready to serve.

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