While it’s a welcome sight and feeling for the weather to be warming up, senior citizens have to take special precautions when venturing outside as the mercury slowly starts to rise. Home Helpers of Lehigh Valley provide exemplary in-home care, but that care also extends outside the home as well. For that reason, we’d like to share a few tips for keeping senior citizens cool, comfortable and healthy during warm and hot weather.
Water, Water, Water
Just like anyone of any age, it’s essential that elderly individuals drink plenty of water and juice when out and about in warm and hot weather conditions. Even if there isn’t an immediate thirst, it’s still a good idea to take regular water breaks to keep the dangers of dehydration at bay. One thing to keep in mind with this specific tip is the fact that alcohol and caffeinated beverages can increase the chances of a person becoming dehydrated.
Get Out Into a Cooled Public Place
A caregiver might notice a client doesn’t like to use her or his air conditioner for fear of running up a high bill. While this is understandable, it can also be dangerous. To compromise, it’s a good idea to go to an air-conditioned public place, such as a library, mall, restaurant or movie theater. Not only are these great places to cool off, they also allow the senior citizen the chance to get out and about and socialize with friends and family.
The Right Clothes Make All the Difference
Proper senior care is also about ensuring physical comfort, which means making sure clients wear the right clothes for any activities they might be doing. With warm weather, that means wearing loose, lightweight clothes of light shades that reflect sunlight rather than absorb it, which can make a person feel hotter. Senior citizens should also wear wide-brimmed hats to protect and keep the sun off their faces.
Stay Indoors During Midday
Between 10 AM and 6 PM is usually when it’s hottest, which is also when elderly individuals should be sure to stay inside. This means running errands and spending time outside during the proper time to avoid the worst of the sun’s heat. Those who do have to venture outside during midday should be sure to bring fans or misters with them to beat back the sun’s scorching rays.
Home Helpers knows how to keep senior citizens comfortable during warmer weather. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you’d like more tips for helping elderly individuals beat the heat.