Summer Season Advice

By July 12, 2013Senior Care News

Summer Season Advice

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Summer Season Advice for the Elderly
The dog days of Summer are here again; Heat waves, torrential rain, vacation time, and children home from school  which makes it the perfect time to review some important safety tips for seniors.  Summer can be so much fun but for many seniors it can also pose some risks.
Elderly persons especially those with chronic illnesses are prone to the effects of heat and are especially at risk for dehydration.  It’s important that we remember to check in on elderly family, friends and neighbors.
Here are some important tips to protect seniors during the hot days of summer:
o   Plan outside activities during non peak hours when it’s not as hot
o   Participate in indoor activities like swimming or walking in the mall where it’s air conditioned
o   Stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids but stay away from caffeinated or alcoholic beverages
o   Check the air conditioner temperature gauge to make sure it’s working properly  and set at the appropriate temperature.
o   Check in on loved ones to make sure they are safe, staying hydrated and that foods are being stored at the right temperature.
Older adults have an increased chance of becoming dehydrated because they may:
o   Not drink because they do not feel as thirsty as younger people.
o   Have kidneys that do not work well.
o   Choose not to drink because of the inability to control their bladders
o   Have physical problems or a disease which makes it:
o   Hard to drink or hold a glass.
o   Painful to get up from a chair.
o   Painful or exhausting to go to the bathroom.
o   Hard to talk or communicate to someone about their symptoms.
o   Take medicines that increase urine output.
o   Not have enough money to adequately feed themselves.
Signs of Dehydration:
o   Thirst
o   Confusion
o   Irritability
o   Concentrated urine.
Contact your primary care provider if you have questions about symptoms or general healthcare concerns..
For information on home health care services and how we may help you, call our office at 856-470-9018
References:
http://www.easylivingfl.com/elderly-summer-precautions-senior-care-tips/
http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/tc/dehydration-topic-overview
 
 
 
 
 
 

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