Over the past few weeks, the sun has come out to say hello and we’ve all been spending a bit of time in our beautiful garden, but we’ve also been sure to stay safe and comfortable in the heat.
During a heatwave like the one we are seeing currently, those aged 65 and over are at their most vulnerable as, with age, comes the inability to adapt to different temperatures.
As such, we all need to ensure we enjoy the gorgeous weather as safely as possible, so together, the team at the Beeches have put together a helpful list of ways to stay safe:
The risks of hot weather for older people
Heat can impact older people more severely than those who are younger, so if you feel that it’s too hot, it’s time to take action. This is because heat can lead to problems such as heat fatigue, exhaustion and fainting.
If you’re worried about your loved one, check-in with them to see how they’re feeling.
If they report that they’re experiencing symptoms such as a loss of appetite, fast breathing and an increased heart rate, you’ll want to find ways to cool them down as soon as possible.
How to help elderly individuals enjoy warm weather
The sunshine can be enjoyed by everyone if you stay safe and be aware of rising temperatures. For example, during the hours between 11 am and 3 pm, it’s best to find cooler places to unwind and try to avoid direct sunlight. If you prefer to stay indoors, reduce the heat inside by keeping curtains or blinds closed during the day.
Staying hydrated is critical, especially with the sun leading to excess sweating as we try to keep cool. In this respect, avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages and opt instead for water or nice fruit juices. To make it extra cooling, pop in a couple of ice cubes or enjoy the treat of an ice lolly – a particular favourite with our residents!
Food can also be important in increasing comfort during hot weather. Our chefs here at The Beeches love creating a summer menu full of cooler dishes. Salads are a perfect option as they are not only refreshing but packed full of vitamins and minerals.
We all love a hot shower, but a lukewarm temperature may be preferable in the heat – it can be utterly refreshing. Keep in mind that water at this temperature can chill quickly, so if bathing, don’t stay put for too long!
To stay comfortable during the day, consider wearing cooler clothes. Cotton is a great fabric as it’s breathable so, when dressing, pick out cotton t-shirts to ensure body heat doesn’t become trapped in the outer layers of the outfit.
Finally, ensure the environment has good airflow. Arrange fans to create a light breeze or consider a small air conditioning unit to lower the room temperature.
Finding the right care
It’s important that your loved one is able to enjoy the best possible care, especially when it comes to protecting them against the heat during the summer months.
We ensure our residents are comfortable and feeling well regularly, and with plenty of shaded areas outside, fans inside and lots of refreshing drinks and iced treats, we make sure everyone is well-cared for here at The Beeches care home in Ixworth.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, we are here to offer you as much information as possible as to how we can support you and your relatives in our beautiful Ixworth care home.