The hottest part of the summer is still on the way which means seniors need to take summer safety seriously. Heat waves have been raising temperatures to record highs all over the country. And senior health experts warn that seniors have a higher risk for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses than other populations. You, your senior, and their in-home care providers can use these senior summer safety tips to stay safe and cool this summer.
Get In-Home Care
In-home care is essential for seniors during the summer. Because seniors can become dehydrated or develop heat stroke quickly it’s important that seniors not be left alone for long periods of time in the summer. If you have to be at work or taking care of your children and you can’t be with your senior parent during hot summer days in-home care can help your senior loved one stay cool and safe.
Get A Generator
Generators may be a little difficult to operate but an in-home care provider can help your senior loved one get a generator going if they need help. A neighbor may be able to help as well. The best way to ensure that your senior loved one will have an uninterrupted flow of cool air at home is to have a generator that can provide electricity for air conditioning if the electricity goes down because of a blackout or a storm. If a generator isn’t an option then you might want to consider installing solar panels on your senior loved one’s roof that can provide power in an emergency.
Have Emergency Plans In Place
Does your senior loved one know how to get ahold of you if they are without power and the house is getting warm? Have you made a plan with neighbors to have them check on your senior parent? Now is the time to create an emergency plan and make sure that your whole family knows what the plan is. Find out where the nearest community cooling center is and make a plan for how your senior loved one can get there if they need to. Planning for heat-related emergencies now can make a big difference later on if there is an actual heat emergency.
Have An Emergency Stockpile of Cold Foods And Drinks
It’s very important to keep extra water in your senior loved one’s home so they can stay hydrated during the heat. But it’s also important to keep them cold. You may want to get a chest freezer or a second refrigerator and keep it in the garage filled with water and sports drinks, ice cream, popsicles, and other cold foods and drinks. If the power does go out for an extended period of time those items will stay cold for a long time giving your senior loved one plenty of cold drinks and snacks to help them cool off. It’s also a good idea to get some cooling pads and ice packs and keep those frozen and ready to go.