Summer Safety Tips for Seniors in Memory Assisted Living | Ashland NE
Summer is the time of the year that most of us look forward to including residents in memory assisted living Ashland NE. It is a wonderful time to spend time with family and friends outdoor like swimming, gardening, picnic, and more.
However, warmer weather and the sun can be dangerous for seniors. Summer can bring challenges to our loved ones like dehydration, weakness, heat stroke, and exhaustion, thus, it is essential to be aware of dangers related to summer to make the most of the season.
Risks of Summer Heat for Residents in Memory Assisted Living | Ashland NE
Before you spend outdoors with your family or friends for sunshine and enjoy the longer days, remember that seniors are among the most vulnerable when exposed to too much heat.
Here are some of the heat-related issues that you should be aware of.
Heat exhaustion may be experienced after several exposures to severe heat when the body starts to lose fluid and keep itself cool. It may not be life-threatening when addressed timely or else it can lead to heat stroke. Seniors may feel dizzy, nauseated, and thirsty accompanied by excessive sweating, rapid pulse, or muscle cramps.
Seniors who experience heat stroke must get plenty of fluids and rest in a cool place. But if symptoms persist, it is recommended to get immediate medical care.
Seniors in memory assisted living Ashland NE are more prone to dehydration because they cannot hold as much water as they could. Plus, their sense of thirst becomes less accurate as they age leading them not to drink enough water to keep hydrated. Senior residents should consume the recommended 8 glasses of water daily.
Physical activities during hot weather can cause heat cramps where painful muscle tightening is felt in the arms, legs, and stomach. Seniors should stay under the shade during heat cramps and drink plenty of fluids.
This is a summer-related condition that happens when seniors sit or stand in a hot environment. When swelling is noticed, put the legs up or call the doctor for immediate care.
Summer Safety Tips
Adults in memory assisted living Ashland NE, particularly those with chronic health conditions are more likely to develop summer or heat-related illnesses. This could be caused by age-related physical changes in the body, chronic illness, and reactions due to medication.
But regardless of the reason, it is important to be proactive when it comes to summer safety to avoid complications.
- If possible, have your outdoor activities when the sun starts to set. Avoid going out during the peak hours- usually from 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon.
- Spend as much time in colder places or in your room. Make sure to switch on the air conditioner or stay in air-conditioned rooms in your assisted living facility.
- Drink plenty of cool water, juices, alcohol, or caffeine-free fluids. You may add fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet.
- Wear light-colored and appropriate dresses to feel more comfortable and cool and be protected from sunburn.
- Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen lotion, cream, or spray with at least 30 SPF to protect the skin from sunburn.
- Take the time to take a cool shower or bath to cool down if you are feeling warm. Or you can do sponge baths.
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