Summer is just around the corner, which means temperatures are starting to climb higher and higher. As it starts to heat up, safety is at the forefront when it comes to caring for seniors. From avoiding heat stroke to tips for staying cool, we have a checklist to keep seniors safe and comfortable this summer.
Senior Summertime Safety Checklist
- Forecast: First thing’s first, always check the forecast. A mid-day heatwave can change the day’s plans, so keep an eye on the day’s expected temperatures.
- Protective clothing: If you’re going to be in the sun, especially during the heat of the day, remember to wear protective clothing and accessories. This will help prevent sunburn and keep you cool. Wool fabrics are best saved for winter. Instead, opt for loose linen with a sunhat and or sunglasses.
- Hydration is key: Drinking plenty of water is more important than ever during the summer months. If you plan to be outdoors, always made sure to have a water bottle with you.
- Know the signs of heatstroke: Effects of the heat can be very dangerous for seniors and heat stroke is not something to take lightly. It can come on very quickly and knowing the signs is key to staying ahead of it. Some signs include paleness, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting, headache, dizziness, or fatigue.
- Be prepared: Know where all necessary medicines are and make sure they’re being stored in a cool space. Also, have all emergency contact information on hand.
The most important tip we have for you when it comes to summer is to have fun while staying safe! With summer comes BBQs, pool activities, outdoor happy hours, and more. There are countless fun activities to be enjoyed under the warm sun. Just remember to follow these tips to stay safe!