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Home Care Can Help Seniors Avoid Heat Stroke In Chicagoland, IL

Jun 21, 2018 by Katie Fielmann

Find out how home care can help seniors beat the heat in Chicagoland, IL

Heat stroke is a serious condition that can lead to severe injury and even death. It can occur when the body's temperature remains above 104 degrees Fahrenheit for even a short amount of time. High body temperatures are dangerous for everybody, but seniors and infants are more likely to experience severe effects like heat strokes than people in other age groups since their body's do not adjust to temperature changes as rapidly. Left untreated, heat stroke damages the brain, heart, kidneys, muscles, and can cause entire body systems to shut down. This makes prevention of heat stroke essential and something that all seniors and their home care providers should pay special attention to during the summer months.

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of heat stroke include:

            Dry, hot, red skin                    Flushed appearance                 Nausea or vomiting

            Breathing challenges               Agitation                                 Confusion or disorientation

If not addressed quickly, heat stroke will often result in seizures and breathing cessation.

Since heat stroke is a critical condition, the first step to take if you suspect heat stroke is to get the senior out of the heat, apply cool compresses to the body, and immediately call 911 to get emergency medical attention. If the senior is able, have them drink plenty of water to lower the body temperature and rehydrate.

Seniors and their home care providers can reduce the risk of heat stroke by taking several simple precautions. For example,

  • Keeping properly hydrated. Seniors should drink at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. More if they are sweating, exerting themselves, or in an environment with high heat and humidity.
  • Staying out of the sun during the hottest times of the day, normally 10am to 2pm.
  • Avoiding exercise or physical activities in hot environments.
  • Limiting or avoiding alcohol consumption while in the sun.
  • Keeping covered with loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Be sure to find out if your senior loved one takes medication that has a heat interaction. If so, be sure to talk to their physician about any limitations or modifications that are necessary.

For more information about heat stroke or any of the ways Comfort Keepers home care can help your senior loved one to maximize their safety, independence, and quality of life, contact a senior home care coordinator today. 

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