Home Instead Senior Care, Birmingham

Preventing Heat-Related Illness

Monday, July 12, 2010

Anyone can be a victim of heat-related illness, such as people working or exercising under the sun when it is hot. However, those most at risk are:
  • Children under five
  • Adults over age 65
  • People with chronic illnesses and disabilities
  • People taking certain medications
A few suggestions for keeping cool include:
  • Dressing for the heat by wearing lightweight, light-colored clothing and a hat
  • Drinking water even if not thirsty
  • Eating small meals
  • Avoiding the use of salt tablets unless prescribed by a doctor
  • Slowing down and avoiding strenuous activity
  • Staying indoors as much as possible
  • Taking regular breaks when active outside

A Home Instead CAREGiver can plan indoor activities, prepare meals, provide medication reminders, and help keep seniors hydrated if they’re outside and watch for symptoms of heat-related illness.

Source: http://www.fha.state.md.us/cphs/eip/pdf/HeatEmergencyAwareness.pdf


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