Help Seniors Avoid Heat Stroke And Heat Exhaustion In Summers
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Help Seniors Avoid Heat Stroke And Heat Exhaustion In Summers

Hot and intense summer months are approaching and so is the risk of heat stroke. The rising temperatures lead to multiple problems including heat exhaustion and heat strokes. Especially, for the seniors, summer can bring a lot of health problems due to their age factors and weak body temperaments. It is essential for you and your loved ones and the in home care Phoenix caregivers should be aware of the difference between the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. It is essential because knowing this difference will be helpful in giving the seniors first aid and providing them in-depth medical care.

Heat Exhaustion and Its Symptoms

Anyone can suffer from heat exhaustion during the extensive heat during summers, especially seniors. There are some clear symptoms of heat exhaustion and first aid and medical help can be given to the elderly accordingly. The symptoms are listed below:

  • Headache
  • blurred vision
  • nausea
  • upset stomach
  • ashen appearance
  • low blood pressure
  • vomiting, sluggishness
  • fatigue, thirst
  • rapid weak heartbeat
  • profuse sweating
  • moderate increase in body temperature.

Nonetheless, if you are not trained or are unaware of the medical conditions of the elderly, it is better to get in touch with a medical professional and act accordingly, till their arrival. Administering any medicine or solution can back-fire in the case of an elderly loved one.

Heat Stroke and Its Symptoms

Heat stroke is quite different and a more serious condition compared to heat exhaustion. It is essential that you learn more about it and take help from the professional providing in home care Phoenix seniors trust, to provide the care required in case of a heat stroke. Heat stroke can even prove fatal to weak and frail elderly who are unable to fight back the symptoms. So it is essential to get serious medical help as soon as possible. To help you understand how a stroke can affect, listed below are the major symptoms of a heat stroke.

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • elevated or lowered blood pressure
  • disorientation
  • agitation
  • confusion
  • sluggishness
  • fatigue, seizures
  • hot dry skin
  • fainting
  • loss of consciousness
  • increased body temperature
  • rapid heartbeat
  • hallucinations.

Precautions and Tips

It is essential to make some changes to the meals and daily life to limit the chances of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Here is a list prepared by the expert caregivers from in-home care Phoenix to help the seniors this summer.

Healthy Snacks

It is important for the senior adults to take small portions of healthy snacks throughout the day to keep them hydrated and preserve energy. Include vegetables and fruits with higher water content which is a nutritious way to keep hydrated. Here are some suggestions:

Vegetables portions: Celery, cucumbers, green peppers, carrots

Fruit Portions: watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries and cherries.

Lighter Meals:

It is beneficial for the seniors to take lighter meal during summers. In home care Phoenix helpers can prepare such nutritious meals and also add some lean proteins to boost energy. They can also include smoothies as they can be a refreshing substitute.

Water and Fluid Intake

Nothing can be better than water to hydrate body. However, flavored teas, fresh juices and flavored waters can also help, though caffeine should be avoided as it can lead to dehydration.

Lighter Clothes

You can also go through the wardrobe of your senior loved and arrange some lighter, loose fitting clothes for hot summers. The lighter material would feel cooler and pleasant.

Limit Sun Exposure

If possible, limit the sun exposure, especially between 10 am to 4pm. The seniors have a higher chance of skin burns, skin related diseases and even skin cancer if exposed to UV rays for an extensive period.

Home Tips to Cool Down the Body Temperature

If you see that you senior loved one is facing some of the symptoms mentioned above, whether it is a heat stroke or heat exhaustion, you and caregiver providing in home care Phoenix can do the following things to cool them down until the medical help arrives:

  • Turn on the air conditioning or fan or use a hand fan to cool the body.
  • Apply cool water.
  • Make a quick ice-pack by wrapping some ice-cubes in a towel and apply to the head, neck and armpits of the senior to bring down the temperature.


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