With summer almost here in Western Australia and temperatures rising, here are 5 top tips for minimising heat stress for older people.
1. Stay indoors
2. Drink plenty of fluids – preferably water,
3. Keep as cool as possible by using air conditioning or fans if available,
4. Store water in the fridge to remain cool
5. Wear light, loose fitting clothing
Why are older people more vulnerable to heat?
People aged 65 years and over are at increased risk of heat-related illnesses and need special care in hot weather. Risk factors include living alone, chronic medical problems and certain medications. You should take steps to prevent heat stress on days when the temperature is predicted to rise above 30°C or so.
Ways Perth Care + Companion Company are helping to keep our clients cool
Our companions help ensure the comfort and safety of their clients by taking the following measures when out and about with clients or supporting them at home.
Encouraging the client to wear loose cool clothing, a hat and sunglasses and applying sunscreen
Having a drink of water each hour while out
Staying out of the sun
At home we will close the blinds during the day
Check that the air conditioning is on and working, if it isn’t, they let the family know so that maintenance checks can be carried out. Or if there is no air conditioning making sure the fan
is on and safe. Moist cool towels to moisten skin can also help to stay cool
Making sure that cool water is readily available all day and encouraging hourly drinks. If people are tea drinkers, we try placing teacups full of water around the home in strategic spots to