[ April 24, 2014 ]
It may only seem that we’ve just gotten through the harsh season of winter, as this year people all over the UK were subjected to one of the worst winter storms the UK has experienced since 1969.
However, as winter finishes, spring and summer will soon be fast approaching, and although not many people are aware, the elderly are susceptible to complications in the summer just as they are in the winter.
Even though the majority of us can’t wait until the heat of summer finally arrives, with summer comes higher temperatures which often lead to drier and more difficult conditions. There are many complications that the elderly are susceptible to during high temperatures. This includes heat exhaustion, heat stroke, sunburn and dehydration. If you know of someone who is vulnerable to the heat, try to make sure that they’re being kept comfortable throughout high temperatures to avoid complications. Help ensure that they’re drinking plenty of cold fluids to keep them hydrated, cool and alert. Air conditioning units are a great way of ensuring that the room is being continuously kept at a cool and ideal temperature, however we understand that sometimes this isn’t always possible. If so, then opening windows at both opposite ends of the building to help ensure good circulation and ventilation throughout is also extremely effective.
Wearing appropriate clothing is also a key factor. Light coloured clothing will ensure that the heat doesn’t stick to the body, as dark coloured clothing absorbs heat more easily. Loose fitted clothing such as linens, will also allow the body to release heat more effectively than tight fitted clothing would. Another key aspect of keeping protected against the sun is sunblock. Be sure to apply to areas that are exposed to the sun, as well as to areas that might be, for instance under the collar. It’s important to remember that not all clothes protect against the sun.
It’s no secret that keeping continuously hydrated also keeps the body healthy. Water tends to work best, as not only does this help physically, but also mentally, helping to keep those who are vulnerable a little more alert during high temperatures.
Be sure to keep those who are more susceptible to the heat in the shade as much as possible. Being exposed to the sun’s harmful rays will burn skin and dehydrate the body. However, it’s important to consider that although shade is cooler, it isn’t completely sun protected and keeping hydrated and using sun block are still extremely important. UV rays can still penetrate the skin even when in the shade, and high temperatures can still cause serious damage.
If you have any questions, please call our Care Enquiry Line on 0800 902 0092