Keeping your elderly relative safe in the heatwave

Posted on Thursday 28th June 2018 by All About Home Care

Keep cool

Overheating is a massive problem but there are a few ways you can combat this:

  • Keeping out of direct sunlight: make sure they stay indoors during the hottest part of the day, which is typically between 11am and 3pm.
  • Turning down the heat indoors: to keep their room cool during the day, closing blinds and curtains and turning off non-essential electrical appliances is vital. It’s also wise to open the windows, as long as it’s safe to do so.
  • Wearing the right clothing: when you go outside, make sure your loved one is wearing thin clothing and preferably a hat to keep out of the sun’s rays.

 

Keep hydrated

Dehydration is the other big problem, but fortunately there are several ways you can keep your elderly relative hydrated:

  • Providing drink: make sure they have access to a cool drink at all times and that it’s within easy reach.  If they don’t like sipping water regularly, offer them squash.
  • Eating cold foods: especially those with high water content such as salad and fruit.
  • Keeping refreshed: provide them with a bowl of water to splash themselves with when they start to feel hot. A damp cloth on the back of the neck can also keep their temperature down.

 

Medication

There are a few drugs that can increase the risk of dehydration during increased temperatures.