Hot Weather Senior Safety – Know the Drill

It is a known fact that as summer approaches in Houston, the temperatures climb to steamy highs. That’s why it’s especially important during these hot months to check in on senior neighbors and loved ones. Now is the time for Encore Caregivers to share the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control’s) vital tips on how to keep older adults safe in hot weather.

Heat-induced illness is all too common as the summer season advances. Here, the CDC helps you to recognize the signs and suggests steps to take if you suspect someone is suffering from a heat-related illness.

If you are assisting in the care of an aging adult, we encourage you to print this information and keep it at the ready. Stay cool. Stay safe.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion include the flowing:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • muscle cramps
  • tiredness
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea or vomiting
  • fainting

What to do:

  • use cool, nonalcoholic beverages, as directed by your physician
  • rest
  • cool shower, bath or sponge bath
  • an air-conditioned environment
  • lightweight clothing.

Please seek medical attention immediately if any the symptoms are severe or the victim has heart problems of high blood pressure

Monitor those at High Risk — People 65 years of age or older may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature.