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There is no better time than now to review helpful summertime safety tips for seniors since the start of the season is just about a month away.

Having a Safe Summer

Before we dive in deeper, here is a brief rundown of some important summertime safety tips for seniors:

  1. Keep cool.
  2. Take breaks during physical activity.
  3. Avoid being outside on extremely hot days.
  4. Use bug spray.
  5. Stay hydrated.
  6. Wear sunglasses.

Make sure the air conditioning is working properly in your loved one’s home. Air conditioning can be a lifesaver, especially on 80+ degree days. If your loved one does not have A/C, it may be wise to put in a window unit or find activities in the area that take place inside air-conditioned buildings.

It’s especially important to remain hydrated when it’s hot, so ensure your loved one drinks plenty of fluids. Low- or no-calorie sports drinks and juices are ideal beverages for seniors, while soda, coffee and alcohol are not recommended.

Be sure to review the weather forecast, as it’s always best to know what to expect for the day. This way seniors will know what to wear and what to take with them when venturing out.

Dangers of Hot Weather

Summertime temperatures can be very dangerous, with close to 200 Americans dying of health problems caused by high heat and humidity. Of those impacted, most of those individuals are over the age of 50.

Seniors can be more susceptible to the dangers brought on by high temperatures. There reasons can include aging-related physical changes in the body, chronic health conditions and some side effects of some medications.

Some common health issues that accompany high temperatures include:

  • Heat stroke
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Dehydration
  • Heat syncope

Reviewing the signs and symptoms of the various heat-related health issues can prove to be a lifesaver. While many heat-related illnesses can be taken care of at home, there are some cases where hospitalization may be required.

The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of North Dallas can work alongside you to ensure your loved one is leading a happy and healthy life throughout the summer and whole year! Contact us today to learn more about the help we can provide.

Most seniors would prefer to remain in their own homes, but proper safety precautions must be taken or it can be difficult to remain a reality for them. You can make sure your aging loved one is able to stay safely in his or her own home by identifying and remedying safety hazards that may be present.

Finding Safety Hazards

The main areas of the home you’ll want to focus your safety hazard search in are the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. These areas often hold the highest risk for falls and fires, which are two very serious safety hazards for seniors.

Seniors’ greatest safety risk is falling—in fact, one in four adults over age 65 suffer from falls each year. In order to help eliminate this risk for your aging loved one, you can do the following:

  • Get rid of throw rugs
  • Make sure laundry facilities are on the first floor
  • Remove wheels on chairs
  • Keep steps clear of clutter
  • Apply non-slip wax to floors
  • Add a hall railing
  • Add a raised toilet and grab bars
  • Use rubber-backed bath mats
  • Repair loose carpeting or raised areas of flooring

Look around and make sure your loved one doesn’t have too many electric cords plugged into one socket or extension cord. You’ll also want to take the time to check the appliances and other electrical items in the home to be sure they are in good working condition and that their electrical cords are undamaged.

Review different exit strategies from the home in event of a fire, making sure there are at least two ways to get out. Check that the batteries in the smoke detectors are being changed and tested regularly as well.

It is also wise to adjust the thermostat on the water heater so it stays at or under 120 degrees in the bathroom. You can also purchase anti-scalding devices that can be installed in sinks, tubs and showers that will recognize when the water is too hot and stop the flow.

Simple Safety Tips

Being prepared for possible safety risk scenarios can help bolster your loved one’s safety.

Compile a list of emergency numbers to be kept by each phone or added to a cell phone contact list. Those numbers should include:

  • 911
  • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
  • Family members or friends to call in case of emergency
  • Healthcare provider’s office

Is his or her home address clearly visible from the street? By installing larger house numbers in metal or stickers or painting the house numbers on the street curb, the address will be more visible for emergency responders, if necessary.

There can be many safety concerns for seniors living alone at home, but fortunately, we’re here to help address some of those concerns. Executive Care of North Dallas provides a full range of in-home care services that can make life easier and safer for your aging loved one.

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