Thursday, June 24, 2021
The Florida heat during the summer months can be difficult to deal with at times. When the temperatures are rising, it is important to take measures to “summarize” the home, especially if you are taking care of a senior loved one. In fact, the most deadly weather-related health conditions such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion are summer maladies.
If you’re providing home care for an elderly loved one, here are some things you should know so you can protect them from the effects of extreme heat.
Home Care Tips to “Summerize” Your Loved One’s Home
While Summer heat is at its most dangerous when your loved one is engaged in strenuous outdoor activities, it’s important that you do all you can to keep their indoor living conditions as safe as possible.
- Check the air conditioner to make sure it’s working properly. If you notice that the airflow is inadequate, you may need to change the filter or call an expert for maintenance.
- If your loved one is reluctant to use the AC because it’s too expensive, call your local Area Agency on Aging to find out what kind of assistance may be available from local, state, and federal governments.
- If air conditioning isn’t an option, make sure their windows are open during early morning and evening hours so the house gets as much cool air as it can. That, and a couple of area fans, can make a big difference.
- Go through your parent’s wardrobe to see if they have enough lightweight and loose-fitting clothing. If not, you might have to go on a shopping trip.
Keep In Touch
Extreme heat can be dangerous for any elderly person, but the risk is especially acute if they’re living alone. If your parent is on their own, be sure to visit them frequently during the summer. If you notice that in spite of your best efforts, their home is still too hot, make arrangements for them to go elsewhere during the day. Libraries are usually cool, as are senior centers.
Seek Assistance From a Caregiver
Professional caregivers can provide essential home care services throughout the year. Some of the services that can help during the summer include:
- Adjusting the air conditioner and area fans to ensure maximum comfort.
- Driving your loved one to cooler climates or rooms.
- Shopping for groceries and preparing meals.
- Making sure your loved one is drinking plenty of water.
- Helping them with bathing and dressing.
- Supervising them as they exercise or engage in strenuous activities.
- Monitoring their health and comfort and keeping family informed of all developments.
If you feel like your family could benefit from Concierge Care’s expert home care services, don’t hesitate to contact us today.