Tuesday Tips for Caregivers ~ Get Out of the Heat: Tips to Protect You

Tuesday Tips for Caregivers ~ Get Out of the Heat: Tips to Protect You

Get Out of the Heat: Tips to Protect Against the Heat

Weather extremes are becoming the norm. In Florida, an area that is known for its hot and humid weather, the heat is rising. In 2020, Florida has reached record-breaking temperatures, indicating that Florida has been experiencing warmer weather than in the past.[1] In fact, complex weather dynamics across the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico can contribute to warmer temperatures in Florida. The situation does not seem to be changing, so we must practice caution. If you are family caregiver in Florida, then it is important to understand how to protect you and your loved one from hot weather. Hot weather can have negative consequences for those who are vulnerable, such as the elderly or those with existing health conditions. Such potential hazards of the heat are heat stroke, a potentially fatal condition. Even the healthiest of individuals can be negatively impacted by heat if not careful. In this blog, we will provide tips to protect against the heat as we approach the summer of 2020.

Tips for Hot Weather

Drink Water: One of the most crucial things you can do is to drink enough water to stay hydrated as heat can quickly dehydrate you. Also, it is smart to avoid drinks that can dehydrate you, like caffeinated drinks and alcoholic beverages. Be sure to have a bottle of water with you at all times, and try to heat foods that are hydrating like fresh fruits.

Wear Cool Clothes: Okay, not “cool” like James Dean or Lady GaGa cool, but clothes that will help keep you cool temperature-wise. Wearing the improper clothing while out in the sun, like long pants and long sleeves can literally be lethal. The human sweats in order to allow sweat to precipitate off of the skin. This precipitation naturally cools the body’s internal temperature. However, long clothes can prevent sweat from precipitating normally and thus overheats the body. This can lead to fatal conditions like heat stroke.

Monitor Your Loved One’s Medicine: Certain medications may make exposure to warm temperatures more dangerous. Consult you or your loved one’s care provider to learn more.

Keep an Eye on Your Loved One: Depending on their living situation, your loved one may be at risk at home. For example, if your loved one lives by themselves, then it is probably best if you check in throughout the day, especially the hottest points in the day, like noontime onwards. If they have to run errands, then you should accompany them.

Watch for Signs of Heat Stroke: Heat stroke is a condition that results in body temperatures over 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius). Symptoms include, throbbing headache, lightheadedness, lack of sweating despite hot weather, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, confusion, seizures, and unconsciousness. Heat stroke is very serious and can result in death. It is, therefore, very important to be aware of the symptoms, as well as ways to prevent heat stroke by following our above tips.

Florida heat is no joke. Please be careful. If you have any questions or concerns, then feel free to call ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website.

[1] Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/04/15/record-miami-florida-heat/

 

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