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Caring for Seniors in Summer Heat

Summer is officially here, and the country can expect hot weather for the next several months. Heat can take an extra toll on seniors. According to the Center for Disease Control, people over 65 are prone to heat-related problems because:

  • They are more likely to take medication that causes difficulties handling changes in temperature.
  • They cannot adjust to temperatures as quickly.

Here are a few tips for staying cool all summer without sacrificing mobility and activities.

Senior Care Boiling Springs SC - Caring for Seniors in Summer Heat

Senior Care Boiling Springs SC – Caring for Seniors in Summer Heat

Wear light-colored clothing that is loose and easy to move in. Linen is a great choice since it is very breathable and lightweight.

  • If seniors take medication that reduces sweating or causes hot flashes, try carrying a small, battery-powered fan to cool off.
  • Carry water at all times in a small bottle and encourage your senior to drink regularly.
  • Wear a hat when in direct sun to avoid sunstroke and sunburn. Sunburn can be particularly difficult for seniors.
  • Cool showers can help seniors cool down if they get overheated.
  • Avoid strenuous activity outdoors during peak daylight hours when the sun is highest and at its strongest. If your senior must be outside, wear long, thin clothing and a hat, and try to stay out of direct sun.

 

Senior care in summer means it’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms of sunstroke. There are five levels of heat-related illnesses: heat rash, sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Heat rash

According to the Center for Disease Control, heat rash appears as clusters of red blisters in areas like the neck, chest, groin and creases of the body. Heat rash should be kept dry and clean. Baby powder can help soothe the inflamed skin.

Sunburn

Sunburn is the result of spending too much time in direct sun. It can be painful, red skin and even blister if the sunburn is severe enough. To treat sunburn, stay out of direct sun while it heals, apply cool cloths (but not cold or ice) and moisturize regularly until the skin is healed. Regular use of sunscreen can prevent future sunburns if it is applied regularly.

Heat cramps

Heat cramps present with heavy sweating and muscle pain. Heat cramps can be treated by ceasing physical activity and moving to a cool or shaded place. Your senior should drink water or a sports drink and try to stretch out the cramp. If your senior is on a low-sodium diet or has a history of heart problems, seek immediate medical attention.

Heat exhaustion

Heat exhaustion occur when there is too much physical activity performed outside. Symptoms can include heavy sweating, tiredness, dizziness, fainting, muscle cramps, nausea, racing pulse and cold, clammy skin. Seniors with heat exhaustion should remove tight clothing, put cool cloths on their bodies, sip water and stay out of direct sunlight. Seek immediate medical attention if your senior is throwing up or have symptoms lasting more than one hour.

Heat stroke

Heat stroke presents with a body temperature of 103, hot skin, speedy pulse, nausea, confusion, loss of consciousness and dizziness. Heat stroke needs to be treated by professionals since it is a medical emergency. Move the senior to a cool place and apply cool, damp cloths to their body. Do not give them anything to drink since the sudden temperature change can cause further issues.

There’s no doubt that keeping your aging parent healthy and safe during the summer months is particularly challenging. With the help of friends, family members and senior care providers, your mom or dad can get through the season without issue.

Source:  https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/older-adults-heat.html
https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Senior Care Services in Boiling Springs SC, please contact the caring staff at Upstate Home Care Solutions today. Call (864) 527-0455.

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James Bennett is a native of Taylors, SC. A graduate of Riverside High School, he attended Clemson University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Packing Science. Upon graduation, he commenced on a career path in food manufacturing with Nestle Frozen Foods (1999 – 2008) and Country Fresh, Inc. (2008 – 2011). When James was only 12, his father, at the age of 37, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).With both an ailing father and a grandmother suffering from several medical conditions, James Bennett and his family were able to unify and provide their loved ones with the home care they needed. Their family structure and consistent schedule were key aspects in providing care. Unfortunately, not all families have the structure, resources, or flexibility to provide the home care their loved one desires. James understands the difficulties families and caregivers encounter while providing and caring for loved ones. A loving son, husband, and father who understands the need to help families, James created Upstate Home Health Care Solutions, LLC in 2011 to fill in the gap for families who need caring individuals to assist with a loved one’s home care needs.

• Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business of the Year 2017
• Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) Program participant 2017
• Greenville Chamber of Commerce MBA Excellence Award Recipient 2017
• Featured on the cover Upstate Business Journal June 2016
• Community Works Economic Impact Award 2016
• Board Member of Ten at the Top (TATT) and Fire Pit Ranch (FPR)
• Member of Upstate Senior Network, Greenville & Spartanburg Chapters
• Member of the Healthcare division of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce
• Member of the Better Business Bureau
• Staff member of Palmetto Boys State sponsored by the American Legion
• Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.