Whether your staffs is helping seniors in their own home or in a community care setting, rising temperatures can increase the risk of dehydration. Here are some tips and resources to help you ensure that seniors stay hydrated this summer.
Encourage staff to offer water frequently - Avoid sugary options and create flavoured waters and beverage stations throughout your community.
If outdoors - make sure staffs encourage hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. Make sure your seniors are dressed appropriately with lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Seniors may not compensate for heat stress efficiently - and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature. Cool showers are a good way to help them cool off and feel refreshed. Cool washcloths may be offered as a way to cool off.
Making fresh lemonade and hand held fans can be a fun activity for everyone!
Summer Heat Safety Tips
- Train you staff to recognize symptoms of heat related stress. Click here to learn mo