Elderly adults tend to be more susceptible to a wide range of health complications and problems than younger adults, and this is very true for the issue of heat stress. This refers to the physical burden that your parent’s body can go through when they are exposed to situations of high heat, whether it is being outdoors in hot weather, being in a small space, or not having adequate cooling.
Heat stress can quickly lead to heat-related illnesses and serious complications, even death. As a family caregiver, it is critical that you not only understand this risk, but that you can take the valuable steps in your care routine to help prevent this stress and the illnesses as much as possible.
Use these tips to help prevent heat stress and heat-related illnesses for your aging parent:
• Use the air conditioner. Your parent might want to try to save money by not using their cooling system, but this puts them in danger during the higher temperatures. Encourage them to use their air conditioner consistently throughout the hot weather so that they can keep their temperature down at all times rather than them getting hot and then struggling to cool them down only to have them heat up again.
• Head to the cool. If your senior does not have an air conditioner or theirs does not work efficiently, encourage them to go to cool locations during the day, such as malls, museums, or movie theaters.
• Close up the house. Opening the blinds and shades during the day allows in wonderful light, but also allows in daytime heat. Keep the house cooler more easily by closing the blinds and shades in the morning.
• Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is a critical part of keeping your parent’s body healthy. Drinking plenty of water during high heat situations helps the body continue to function properly while also aiding the body’s natural cooling system in keeping its temperature down.
• Cool down with water. Water cools the body far more efficiently than air. Encourage your parent to take a cool bath or shower during the hottest part of the day and find water-based activities to enjoy together such as swimming or wading.
Starting home care services for your elderly loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make for your senior throughout the course of your caregiver journey with your aging parent. An in-home senior care services provider can be in the home with your aging loved one on a customized schedule that is right for them.
They will work with you and your parent to design a highly personalized set of services tailored to their individual needs, challenges, and limitations. In addition to helping them to manage these issues, they can also help your senior to pursue a lifestyle that is as active, engaged, and independent as possible as they age in place.
This can include assisting your parent with activities of daily living and personal care, offering companionship and support, and even providing safe and reliable transportation that will help your parent stay safe, healthy, and comfortable, and also seek out a life that is as fulfilling as they can during this chapter of their lives.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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