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 more about heat stress in older adults.
- Seniors with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation, may be adversely affected by extreme heat.
- Overweight seniors may be prone to heat sickness because of their tendency to retain more body heat.
- Instruct your staff to avoid serving hot foods and heavy meals. Lighter fare will be safer during extreme heat.
And lastly, remind staff to drink plenty of fluids as well. Order water bottles for them with your company logo, and encourage them to drink water with the seniors as a way of example.