How to stay Cool and Safe in the Summer

 

How to Beat the Heat this Summer!

These are our Top Tips for coping with the Heat over the Summer, it is important that our Service Users know how to stay cool and that our Carers are prompting them to follow the procedures listed within this article! Heatstoke and other heat-related illnesses are common amongst the elderly and so it is crucial that we all know the signs of these so that appropriate action can be taken. We would also encourage our Carers to try and adhere to the following advice so that you all stay cool and hydrated while you're working in the community this Summer. 

 

Coping with the High Temperatures across the UK 

To deal with the heat this summer, it is important that you keep both your house and yourself cool. There are a few simple rules you can follow to cope during the rare British heatwaves. 

  • The most important thing to remember when the sun is out is to stay hydrated. Always keep a bottle or glass of water with you and sip it throughout the day. Your mouth should never be dry and your wee should be a pale straw colour!
  • Wear loose clothing made of natural fabrics like cotton or linen. Dark colours absorb the heat, so try to choose lighter-coloured clothes.
  • Try to stay indoors or in the shade between 11am and 3pm, as this is the hottest part of the day.

It is crucial to also ensure that your house is cool so that your body temperature is able to regulate itself. 

  • Keep your windows, curtains and blinds closed in the daytime, as this keeps out the heat.
  • Open your windows in the evening when it starts to cool outside, and give the hot air a chance to escape.
  • If you can, use fans to keep the air moving around your house and cool you down.

Dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke

These are the main health risks when the weather is this hot.

Make sure you're drinking lots of water (aim for 6-8 glasses a day, and more if it's very hot) and eating a balanced diet so your body replaces the salt lost when you sweat.

The symptoms of heat exhaustion include headaches, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, intense thirst, heavy sweating and a fast pulse. 

Heatstroke can develop if heat exhaustion is left untreated. Symptoms of heatstroke include confusion, disorientation, seizures and loss of consciousness. This can be life threatening. If you or someone else shows symptoms:

  • call 999 immediately, or 111
  • if you have a community alarm, press the button on your pendant to call for help 

For more information about Staying Safe in the Hot Weather, please read this leaflet published by Age UK.  

(https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/information-guides/ageukil1_staying_cool_in_a_heatwave_inf.pdf) 

Below is a Poster that we encourage you all to read and to try and show your Service Users if you can! It is a summary of all the Top Tips that we have mentioned throughout this article. 

If you need any more advice or if you have any concerns at all about your health or your Service User's then please do not hesitate to contact the Old Friends Care office so that we can provide you with any information that you need!