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There is no better time than now to review helpful summertime safety tips for seniors since the start of the season is just a month away.
Summertime temperatures can be very dangerous, with close to 200 Americans dying of health problems caused by high heat and humidity. Of those impacted, most of those individuals are over the age of 50.
Seniors can be more susceptible to the dangers brought on by high temperatures. The reasons can include aging-related physical changes in the body, chronic health conditions and some side effects of some medications.
Some common health issues that accompany high temperatures include:
Reviewing the signs and symptoms of the various heat-related health issues can prove to be a lifesaver. While many heat-related illnesses can be taken care of at home, there are some cases where hospitalization may be required.
Before we dive in deeper, here is a brief rundown of some important summertime safety tips for seniors:
Make sure the air conditioning is working properly in your loved one’s home. Air conditioning can be a lifesaver, especially on 80+ degree days. If your loved one does not have A/C, it may be wise to put in a window unit or find activities in the area that take place inside air-conditioned buildings.
Rule of thumb: Six to eight cups of water should be consumed throughout the day. If time is being spent out in the heat, it’s wise to increase water intake. Low- or no-calorie sports drinks and juices are also ideal beverages for seniors, while soda, coffee and alcohol are not recommended.
Be sure to review the weather forecast, as it’s always best to know what to expect for the day. This way seniors will know what to wear and what to take with them when venturing out.
The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Princeton can work alongside you to ensure your loved one is leading a happy and healthy life throughout the summer and whole year! Contact us today to learn more about the help we can provide.
Remaining at home as they age is ideal for many seniors, but without proper safety precautions, it could be difficult to make that a reality for them.
By identifying and remedying safety hazards that may be present, you can help make sure your aging loved one is able to safely stay in his or her own home.
Areas of the home to focus your safety hazard search in are the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. These areas can contain the highest risk for falls and fires, which are two very serious safety hazards for seniors.
One of the greatest safety risks for seniors is falling—in fact, one in four adults over age 65 suffer from falls each year. To help eliminate the risk of falls for your aging loved one, you can do the following:
Make sure your loved one doesn’t have too many electric cords plugged into one socket or extension cord, and take the time to evaluate the appliances and other electrical items in the home. Are they in good working condition and are their electrical cords undamaged?
Be sure to go over the ways your loved one could exit the home in case of a fire, making sure there are at least two ways to get out. Make sure the batteries in the smoke detector are being changed and tested regularly as well.
In the bathroom, it is also wise to adjust the thermostat on the water heater, so it stays at or under 120 degrees. There are also anti-scalding devices that can be installed in sinks, tubs and showers that will recognize when the water is too hot and stop the flow.
Being prepared for many possible scenarios can help bolster your loved one’s safety.
It is wise to make sure his or her home address is clearly visible from the street. You can install larger house numbers in metal or stickers to make them more visible and could also spray paint the house numbers on the street curb.
You’ll also want to make sure a list of emergency numbers is kept by each phone or added to a cell phone contact list. Those numbers should include:
There can be many safety concerns for seniors living alone at home, but fortunately, we’re here to help address some of those concerns. Executive Care of Princeton provides a full range of in-home care services that can make life easier and safer for your aging loved one.
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