Keeping elderly people well in a heatwave

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Keeping elderly people well in a heatwave

Free room thermometers available

Many of us are loving the long hot Summer but a heatwave poses a potential danger for the elderly. Here are a few ideas to keeping the elderly well in a heat wave.

  • Close the curtains or pull down blinds to prevent direct sunlight entering rooms
  • Avoid going out unless early morning and late evening and even then wear a wide-brimmed hat or cap.
  • Wear loose clothing, cotton is cool whilst synthetics dry faster if they become wet with perspiration,
  • If they do need to go out – suncream with a high SP factor ( at least 20)
  • Cool someone down by putting their wrists under a running cold tap. This cools the part of the  brain responsible for heat regulation.

Hydration and nutrition.

  • Fluids, fluids and fluids, ensure they drink plenty. Have a jug of water or squash to hand at all times for someone less mobile,
  • Ice lollies, ice cream, ice in drinks all helps to cool someone elderly down,
  • Encourage them to eat plenty of salads with juicy ingredients such as cucumber, grapes and melon.

Heat Exhaustion

The most common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
  • Confusion.
  • Dark-coloured urine (a sign of dehydration)
  • Dizziness.
  • Fainting.
  • Fatigue.
  • Headache.
  • Muscle or abdominal cramps.
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea.

 

Also if you gently pinch the skin on the back of the hand of an elderly person it should still spring back albeit slowly, if not this is a clear sign of dehydration .

I have free room thermometers to send out to anyone elderly to ensure their homes are kept at a healthy temperature. Simply complete the sign up form to the top right of this article.

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

8 Comments

  1. I would like to reqest for a free room thermometer please.

    1. Hi Robert, delighted to send you a thermometer, but I do need to know where to send it! Please let me have an address.

  2. Hi Caron

    I work for helping Hands to support our elderly to stay at home
    Your above artical gives great support to all our carets looking after vulnerable people in this heatwave
    Do you provide free thermometers to large companies

    1. Sorry for such a slow reply! I have not been getting the notifications that messages had been left. If you contact Age UK, they will send you a box out to distribute to clients

  3. Can you help I’m trying to get some room thermometers I live in Northern Ireland County Antrim and I cannot get any over here can you help me please and thank you.

    1. Hi Caron I emailed you a while ago about free thermometers would it be possible to send me 5 please my address is …. I hope this will be no hassle for you and many thanks yours Raymond

  4. Hello Caron,I would like to reqest for a free room thermometer please. Address

    1. Beatrice, please leave me your address here. It is safe, then I can send you a thermometer.

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