Summer Safety Tips for Seniors: Fighting Hot Weather Risks with Always Best Senior Services
Today’s post shares some senior care tips and considerations to help your loved one stay safe and comfortable in the face of Michigan’s heat wave and ozone warnings!
Heat Wave Poses Risk for Clinton Township, Michigan Residents
Serious heat warnings have been issued by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) in Clinton Township and the surrounding areas, according to a recent report by the Macomb Daily.
Experts are warning members of the general public to take it easy and practice good hydration habits as temperatures threaten to break heat records dating back to the 1930s.
The extreme heat is also worsening air quality. According to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the summer months will be filled with sunshine, southwest winds, and hot, humid, hazy air.
“Breathing high concentrations of ozone can cause a variety of health problems, particular in the elderly, children, and people with asthma,” said a SEMCOG representative.
What Makes Seniors Particularly Vulnerable to the Heat?
Mobility problems. Seniors with mobility restrictions due to low energy, physical disabilities, or fear of slip and fall injuries may make fewer trips to the kitchen or water fountain to rehydrate. These same individuals may associate healthy hydration with extra trips to the bathroom.
Incontinence. Lowering water intake sometimes make it easier to manage incontinence problems. This behavior is especially common for seniors who are outside of the home, where it is more difficult to access a bathroom.
Memory loss. Those dealing with dementia and memory issues sometimes struggle to keep up their water intake because they cannot remember when they last drank – or where to find it.
Preexisting health conditions. Pneumonia and other lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) are highly prevalent among seniors. One study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that lung and breathing issues were the most common reasons for transfer of nursing home residents to acute care hospitals (Loeb et al., 1999, p. 2063). Given that senior populations are generally more prone to lung problems, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s ozone warning needs to be taken seriously.
Fighting Hot Weather Risks With Always Best Senior Services
Always Best Care Clinton Township caregivers are trained to keep your loved one safe and comfortable in any environment, whether they’re aging in place at home, recovering after acute hospital care, or enjoying a sunny summer barbeque.
Always Best senior services can mitigate all four of the senior risk factors highlighted in the previous section. Our caregivers will keep your loved one hydrated, help them find and use an accessible bathroom as needed, and act as a watchdog for poor air and weather conditions that must be avoided.
In addition to our extensive care services, we encourage you to follow a few simple tips shared by SEMCOG this summer:
- Dress in lightweight, breathable clothing;
- Stay indoors or in the shade during hours of peak sun and heat;
- Wear a hat with a brim that shades the face;
- Slow down and reduce outdoor activity;
- Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol or caffeinated beverages;
- Spend time in air-conditioned places.
Find Somewhere Better for Your Loved one to Spend The Summer
If you need assistance finding suitable living arrangements for your loved one this summer, get in touch with our team – we offer free assisted living placement services in Clinton Township, Michigan.
Loeb, M., McGeer, A., McArthur, M., Walter, S., & Simor, A. E. (1999). Risk factors for pneumonia and other lower respiratory tract infections in elderly residents of long-term care facilities. Archives of Internal Medicine, 159(17), 2058-2064.