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Helping the Elderly stay cool!

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This week the Met Office is forecasting that temperatures are likely to reach over 30 degrees in most of England until Saturday.

This is a time to check on elderly neighbours and friends and family who might need help to say cool.  Please check on older neighbours, family and friends, who may need extra help in the heat.

Elderly people need to take care not to overheat because their bodies don’t adjust as well to sudden changes in temperature.  Also chronic medical conditions can change their body responses to heat while prescription medicines can impair their body’s ability to regulate temperature or could actually prevent sweating.  So it is important that older people avoid strenuous activities and keep inside away from the hot sun.

6 tips to help the Elderly stay cool

  1. Drink plenty of water
  2. Eat lighter meals
  3. Use cooling snacks like ice lollies
  4. Take a cool showers or baths
  5. Keep the house as cool as possible use fans if needed
  6. Use a cold damp flannel on the back of the neck, re cool the flannel periodically


How to spot and treat heat exhaustion

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are both life-threatening conditions and can develop if left untreated. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include: headaches, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, intense thirst, heavy sweating and a fast pulse.

Recognising heatstroke

Heatstroke can develop if heat exhaustion is left untreated – it can also develop suddenly and without warning. The symptoms of heatstroke include confusion, disorientation, seizures and loss of consciousness.
If you or someone else shows symptoms:

Call 999 immediately, or 112 if you are in the EU
If you have a community or personal alarm, press the button to call for help
While waiting for the ambulance, follow the advice for treating heat exhaustion

For more information on keeping cool in a heatwave head over to this page:

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