How to Help Seniors Stay Safe This Summer

By Pete Lane, 9:00 am on

Warmer temperatures typically provide plenty of opportunities for seniors to be active. When those higher temps combine with equally high humidity levels, however, it’s time to encourage senior loved ones to take some precautions to stay safe. Doing so can help avoid heat-related symptoms like dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Here are a few tips from leading Centennial senior home care professionals.

Shift Activities to Cooler Times of Day

Whether it’s regular walks or heading outside to tend to the garden, some seniors prefer to stick to a regular routine in the summer. Shifting those activities to cooler times of day, such as the early morning, can minimize health risks.

Team Up with Friends and Family Members

It can be difficult for some seniors to spot signs of heat-related symptoms. A part-time caregiver or companion can help determine when it’s time to take a break or suggest a switch to a less-strenuous activity on hotter days.

Wear Lighter and Brighter Clothing

Lighter and brighter clothing can help minimize heat retention and maintain access to regular airflow. While brighter clothing offers less protection from UV rays, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, sunscreen can provide an added layer of protection.

Minimize Use of the Oven

Seniors with a passion for cooking may get overwhelmed with the heat of the kitchen on hot days, even when a home has AC. Reducing the use of the oven and ensuring good air circulation while cooking can lessen the risk of suffering heat-related issues.

Avoid Alcohol, Soda, and Coffee

Research suggests the excessive intake of caffeinated beverages may lead to dehydration when the temps go up. The same is true of sugary drinks and alcohol.

Take Multiple Showers

Hot, sticky summer days can make seniors feel uncomfortable, which may be lead to skin irritation and other issues. Lukewarm or cold showers on especially hot days can increase comfort and provide quick relief for seniors.

While we are known for our Alzheimer’s and dementia care Centennial families trust, we also offer flexible hourly and live-in care plans to ensure seniors have support with everyday tasks anytime of day or night. All of our caregivers are expertly trained, our Care Managers are on-call 24/7, and we will never ask you to sign a long-term contract. Learn more about how our care services can help your loved one remain safe, happy, and healthy by calling 303.957.3100 today.

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