Keep Older Adults from Suffering from Heat Stroke in Summer
By Brooke Chaplan
As people age, they become more susceptible to all types of illnesses and conditions. One of these conditions, unfortunately, is heatstroke. If you care for an older adult, it’s important that you take steps to help them avoid this serious medical condition so that everyone can enjoy a healthy summer. Here are a few precautions you should put in place to help keep the older adults in your life safe from heatstroke.
Check the Air Conditioner
While inside, an older adult depends on a properly functioning air conditioner to keep them cool and safe. If the air conditioner should malfunction, they may or may not have enough time to alert you to their predicament. Therefore, to help prevent a problem, it’s vital that air conditioners are inspected and maintained annually. This will ensure that any unknown issues are caught before they have a chance to disrupt the cool air needed to combat summer heat.
Provide a Source of Water
If older adults choose to venture outside during the summer, they will need plenty of water to help prevent heatstroke. They will be more likely to stay well-hydrated while they’re outside if they have a readily available source of water. To help with this, it may make sense to install an outdoor faucet that can be used to fill up their water glass or bottle. By making the water easy to access, they’ll be less likely to go too long without water, which could result in heatstroke.
Hire a Roofer
One common trait of many older adults is that they often don’t realize their own limitations. For example, if and older individual is having trouble with their roof, they may think they still have what it takes to successfully make the necessary repairs, even though the reality is that they are physically incapable of such a task. Therefore, if you notice that someone you love needs roofing repairs, be sure to call a professional roofer for them before they take a chance to try and do anything they’ll regret. Roofs also help keep the home properly ventilated, and a faulty roof could cause a home to lose needed cool air, which can also cause heatstroke.
Install Some Shade
Hopefully, the older adults have plenty of shade in their backyard to help keep them cool. If they don’t, though, it could be a wise idea to install some shade so that when they venture outside, they won’t become overheated. Shade sails provide an effective and attractive solution and are fairly easy to install. There is also the option for a covered porch, a cabana or some other shade-providing solution.
Keep in Touch
The most important way to protect older adults is to stay in touch with them throughout the summer. Staying up-to-date enables preparation for any problems before they start, which will allow older adults to enjoy their summer without any complications.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan