Here At HomeCareDirect we’re all enjoying the lovely sunny, warm weather we are having at the moment but it’s important to enjoy the weather safely. During time of hot weather there is a potential of suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke. 

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Who is at risk? Factors that are considered of higher risk of heat exhaustion:

 

– Older age: especially those over 75 years old, or those living on their own and who are socially isolated, or in a care home

– Chronic and severe illness: including heart conditions, diabetes, respiratory or renal insufficiency, Parkinson’s disease or severe mental illness. Medications that potentially affect renal function, sweating, thermoregulation or electrolyte balance can make this group more vulnerable to the effects of heat

– Inability to adapt behaviour to keep cool: having Alzheimer’s, a disability, being bed bound, too much alcohol, babies and the very young

– Environmental factors and overexposure: living in a top floor flat, being homeless, activities or jobs that are in hot places or outdoors and include high levels of physical exertion

Help the people you support:

 

– Leave a glass of water available and advise about regular hydration, water is best or fruit juice. Avoid caffeine drinks such as tea and coffee

– Recommend eating cool food with a high water content such as salad

– Ventilation is vital and areas should remain ventilated where possible, taking into account security concerns

– Encourage to keep curtains closed where the sun is direct into the property

– Advise to stay out of the sun especially between the hours of 11.00am and 3.00pm

– To stay in the shade and wear protective sunscreen, hats or thin scarves

– Light clothing – preferably cotton and loose

– Cooling faces with a sprinkle of cool water or a damp cloth at the back of the neck will help to reduce body temperature

Advice for Personal Assistants and Care Workers:

 

– Wear comfortable clothing taking into account performing your duties safely

– Hydrate regularly and make sure you are carrying a bottle of water

– Be aware of your own symptoms

Don’t Forger Be Alert:

 

As well as the specific symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, watch out for signs that could be attributed to other causes, such as:

– Difficulty sleeping, drowsiness, faintness and changes in behaviour

– Increased body temperature

– Difficulty breathing and increased heart rate

– Dehydration, nausea or vomiting

– Worsening health problems, especially of heart or respiratory system

So we hope you all enjoy the lovely weather and if you’d like to send us some pictures of how your spending your time and what your up too we’d love to see them and share them here so please contact us.