Summer presents caregivers with a fresh set of challenges. Loved ones may find hot weather uncomfortable and heat can be dangerous for the elderly, so it’s important to prepare for rising temperatures and learn how to handle them so you and your loved one enjoy the summer.
First, it’s important to note that some elderly people are more vulnerable than others in summer. If your loved one has a mental disability, suffers from heart disease or poor circulation or takes medication, they could be more susceptible to heat. The best way to be sure how heat will affect your loved one is to ask their doctor. They will guide your preparations.
Dealing with hot weather means preparing for it. Your preparations should include knowing how you’re going to keep your loved one hydrated and out of direct sunlight, and be sure to purchase necessary resources (sun creams, hats, fans) and summer clothes that are light and breathable. It’s also important to prepare the areas where your loved one spends most of their time. Installing air conditioning or fans in their bedroom and living areas is a sensible solution that you can implement ahead of time. These are simple steps, but they make a world of difference.
It may sound counterintuitive but when hot weather arrives, one way to deal with soaring temperatures is to make sure that your loved one spends time outdoors. In warm weather, remaining indoors can often be more harmful than arranging for exercise and activities outside.
The warmer months should be a time for fun between you and your loved one. Be sure to prepare for the rising temperatures beforehand, and summer can be the happiest time of year.
Remember, you can always get in touch with the Birdie Care Team via chat, phone or email for further help and guidance.
With love and care,