How Can Elderly Home Care Services from Visiting Angels Help Seniors in Bethesda, MD, and Nearby Areas Stay Safe During the Summer Heat?
Here are some ways elderly home care services from Visiting Angels provide safety during extreme summer heat for seniors in Bethesda, Silver Spring, Aspen Hill, Colesville, Laurel and surrounding cities in Maryland
As temperatures rise drastically during the dog days of summer in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties, people of all ages look for ways to cool off. If you’re a family caregiver, you’re most likely feeling the pressure to keep your senior loved one safe and comfortable during periods of high temperatures. With some extra planning and elderly home care services from Visiting Angels of Bethesda, your loved one will stay comfortable during the summer heat.
How Can High Temperatures Impact Seniors?
Due to normal aging-related changes, seniors may not recognize when they are overheated or adapt well to changing temperatures. Certain health conditions like cardiovascular issues, certain medications or being overweight can also make seniors more susceptible to heat. Additionally, older adults with dementia or speech challenges may have difficulty communicating they feel overheated.
Watch for symptoms of excessive heat exposure, including:
- Rapid pulse
- Muscle cramps
- Cold, clammy skin
- Coordination problems
- Swelling of ankles or feet
How Can Elderly Home Care Services from Visiting Angels of Bethesda Help My Loved One?
At Visiting Angels of Bethesda, our elderly home care services can be customized to meet your loved one’s needs. If you’re worried about how the summer heat can impact your loved one’s health, rest assured that our caregivers can provide the support they need to remain healthy and comfortable during the summer season.
Here are some ways our elderly home care services can help:
- Keeping your loved one hydrated. We can make sure your loved one is drinking plenty of water and limiting their caffeine and alcohol intake. Seniors who need to limit liquids due to a medical condition should contact their doctor. As part of our meal planning and preparation services, our caregivers can also bring your loved one a refreshing beverage like iced tea or a glass of water.
- Wearing appropriate clothing. Your loved one may gravitate toward wearing sweaters and long pants during hot weather because of problems with body temperature regulation or out of habit. In addition to helping your loved one get dressed, our caregivers can encourage your loved one to wear clothing that will help them stay cool.
- Using sun protection. Older adults may be more sensitive to sun exposure. Although sunlight is a great source of vitamin D, prolonged exposure to sunlight and UV rays can cause health issues like sunburn or skin cancer. We can help your loved one apply sunscreen and help them put on a hat and sunglasses when going out so they can be protected from the sun.
- Staying indoors. During the hottest part of the day, between 12 noon and 4 pm, our caregivers can encourage your loved one to stay indoors so they can avoid the heat. In addition to scheduling appointments and errands when the temperature goes down, we can provide engaging conversation and a caring presence while your loved one stays home for the day as part of our companion care services.
- Keeping the home cool. Our caregivers can ensure air conditioning and fans are working properly and help your loved one understand how to operate them. We can also keep shades and curtains closed during the hottest part of the day.
- Spending time in cool locations. If your loved one doesn’t have air conditioning or fans at home, our caregivers can ensure they are spending time in a cool place, such as the mall, library, church, senior center or a family member’s house. With transportation assistance, we can help your loved one safely get to a more comfortable destination.
If you’d like to learn how our elderly home care services can help your loved one remain cool and comfortable during the summer, call Visiting Angels of Bethesda at 301-433-7237 and schedule your free in-home consultation.