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Helping Seniors Stay Safe from Heat Strokes

Jun 18, 2018 by Lisa Carson RN, BSN

Assisted Living Home Care from Comfort Keepers in Lubbock, TX

Comfort Keepers offers assisted living home care to seniors living in the Lubbock, TX and surrounding areas

Helping Seniors Stay Safe from Heat Strokes

Heat stroke happens when the body temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit or goes above that mark. If severe, a heat stroke can result in death. But, even mild heat strokes can leave serious consequences, especially in the case of seniors. This condition can affect their brain and many other internal organs.

For all of those reasons, it is important to learn more about heat strokes in order to be able to prevent them. That is why our assisted living home care team decided to share with you some of the most effective methods of heat stroke prevention.

So, if you’re worried that your senior loved one may suffer a heat stroke this summer, here’s what you need to do:

  • Read the labels of their medications to see whether they can interact with heat
  • Provide the senior with loose clothes
  • If they don’t already own a large-brim hat, get them one
  • Advise them to drink plenty of water
  • Urge them to stay away from drinking alcohol
  • Help them out with intense physical activities or, even better, do the work for them
  • Encourage them to stay in their air-conditioned home during the hottest hours of the day (10 am – 4 pm)

What If a Heat Stroke Happens?

If you spot a senior who is having a heat stroke, you need to react right away by calling 911. That’s the most important thing to do, but is not the only one. You also need to give them immediate assistance and help them get out from the sun.

If you can, help them to get into an air-conditioned room or at least to an area that is not exposed to direct sunlight. You also need to give them water to drink, as well as sprinkle some of it over their face and body.

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