As summer approaches, staying healthy and safe in the high temperatures will be a key to an enjoyable season with family and friends. Here are five tips from Jefferson County Home Care Assistance to make the most of the coming months.
1. Take your temperature.
You may not realize when you are getting dehydrated. In addition, your body does not regulate your temperatures as well, so there is a greater risk of hyperthermia, which is the body getting too hot. Heat stroke is hyperthermia in an extreme form. Signs include not sweating even when it is hot, a body temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, nausea, vomiting, or headache, labored breathing. or sudden irritability or confusion. If you experience any of these hyperthermia warning signs, call for medical help, get to a cooler area, and lie down. If ice or ice packs are available, use them.
2. Know your meds.
Some medications recommend avoiding sunlight. Always check to make sure you are familiar with your medications’ side effects. Also, many medications must be stored in temperatures lower than 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you have stored your medications properly so they do not lose their effectiveness.
3. Keep an eye out.
It is important to protect your vision and overall eye health. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays. You may also want to wear a visor or sun hat when out and about.
4. Exercise smarter, not harder.
To avoid hyperthermia, consider exercising early in the morning or later in the day, once the peak temperatures have passed. Be careful not to stay out too long and drink plenty of fluids. Wear loose, comfortable clothing appropriate to your task, and consider a hat as well.
If you plan to be outdoors for a long period, let someone know. Talk with family, friends, or your part-time caregiver so they can check on you if needed. Prepare a list of emergency contacts and telephone numbers and post it in an obvious place. Should you need help, having that information immediately to hand will help emergency personnel.
These easy steps will help ensure a safe and happy summertime for you and your friends and family.
While we are a trusted provider of Jefferson County Alzheimer’s care, we also offer flexible hourly and live-in care services for seniors who need additional support to remain safe and independent while aging in place. Learn more about the benefits of home care by calling (303) 987-5992. Our friendly Care Managers are available 24/7 to take your call!