Summer is one of the most joyful times of year for many people. It means being able to spend more time outside in the fresh air, going on a summer vacation, not having to contend with snow or icy roads, planting a garden, family reunions and so on. There are also some hazards to watch out for; one of them is dehydration. The body can lose a lot of water during the hot days. Seniors especially, can get dehydrated quickly.
When dehydration occurs, there is a deficit of moisture in the body. As a person ages they have a decreased sensitivity to the sensation of thirst. Their skin is a little thinner as well, which means more moisture loss. They may need water and not even know it. That’s why it’s so critical that someone be monitoring the amount of water a senior drinks on a particularly hot day.
The institute of Medicine advises drinking more water than the 8 cups per day you usually hear about. The intake of water is the best way to avoid dehydration. If a person has been sweating profusely, they are also losing electrolytes which must be replaced. Sports drinks with added electrolytes can be used but aren’t the best think to drink all day long.
- Take in plenty of fluids each day including water and healthy juices
- Remind your elderly loved one to drink because their sensitivity to thirst is lessened
- Keep your elder cool as much as you can. Spending the day in an air-conditioned building when temperatures soar is a great remedy.
- Your elder should wear loose-fitting clothes to allow for air circulation.
- They shouldn’t stay in hot weather for an extended period of time; they can get heat exhaustion quickly
- When outdoors enjoying the fresh air, make sure there is a shady area your loved one can sit to get some protection from the sun
In-home care service have trained caregivers who make sure your loved one is protected from the heat during the summer time. They will help your loved one choose appropriate clothing for the weather, wear a hat and apply sunscreen, and monitor their water intake to make sure they don’t get dehydrated. This is an important part of having an enjoyable summer for the senior person.
Your elderly loved one should still be able to join in on most summer activities with the family. Their home care provider can accompany them and be looking after them so the rest of the family can continue to enjoy their time. This includes picnics, a day at the beach, a family reunion and whatever summer activities your elderly loved one is able to attend and enjoy.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of home care in Greece, NY contact the caregivers at Caring Hearts of Rochester, LLC. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (585) 245-0134 for more information.
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