These senior summer safety tips will help make life a little less stressful this summer. While most of us love and enjoy the summer season; we have to remember that there are times when summer can become unsafe, especially for seniors.
Senior Summer Safety Tips for Those with Dementia
We have to remember that when dealing with a senior who has dementia, they may not always understand that any actions you may be taking are for their own safety. You have to use your own common sense as to whether or not someone you love should be left alone, especially during dangerous temperatures.
7 tips for Senior Summer Safety
- Constantly Check on Them – If a senior is living on their own at home it’s important that you have someone who can regularly check on them. In just a matter of a few hours they could easily change their environment from safe and cool to unsafe by closing windows, turning off air conditioning, turning on the heat or even going outside during peak hours of heat.
- Keep Hydrated – It is important that seniors stay hydrated all of the time, but especially during the dog days of summer. Often those with dementia will forget to drink and their mind won’t connect with signs their body may be giving them.
- Medication – Senior summer safety includes knowing that a some medications can cause dehydration even without heat; while other medications can cause problems with burning easily in the sun. Those with dementia most likely won’t realize the side effects of medications, so it’s important for caregivers to keep them hydrated and out of direct sunlight.
- Adjusting to Temperatures – Seniors often have more difficulty dealing with temperature changes, so an increase of heat and humidity can cause their bodies to react adversely. Caregivers should try to keep temperatures fairly consistent when at all possible and recognize if they are showing adverse reactions to an increase in temperature.
- Be Aware of the Signs of Trouble – There are specific signs for heat stroke and heat exhaustion that you should be aware of. Heat stroke can cause damage to the brain and internal organs and there are two causes of heat exhaustion (dehydration and lack of sodium in the body).
- Have 24 Hour Caregiving – One way to ensure that summer safety is practiced with your loved one is to have 24 hour caregiving. You can combine friends and family staying with your loved one with professional caregiving so you don’t exhaust one person with all of the work and effort.
- Be Aware of Medical Conditions – Some medical conditions can be affected by increased heat and cause adverse affects. Dementia patients can become combative when their environment changes, simply because they don’t understand your intentions to keep them safe.
Senior summer safety is important and can often be hard to implement if especially if you’re dealing with someone who is battling dementia. Don’t forget that Caring Connection is here to help you implement our senior summer safety tips.
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