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Know What You’re Dealing with: Heat Stroke in Seniors

Jun 14, 2018 by Mark McGoldrick

Eldercare can help prevent seniors from having a heat stroke this summer

“Heat stroke:” we’re all afraid of these words, especially if we have seniors at our home. But, what’s the use of fear? Instead, identify symptoms of heat stroke and learn how to prevent it.

When the body’s overheated, and its temperature reaches about 104 degrees Fahrenheit, heat stroke occurs.

The reason why seniors have a greater risk of developing this condition is their body. Namely, their body isn’t able to cope with sudden changes in weather in the way it’s used to be. 

Heat stroke may cause serious damage to the brain and other internal organs, and can even cause death.

Once again, preventing heat stroke as well as recognizing the symptoms of heat stroke is of crucial importance when it comes to eldercare so we suggest you go through the next part carefully.

What do seniors need to do in order to prevent heat stroke?

  • Check with their specialist whether any medication they’re taking interfere with heat
  • Wear large hats and comfortable, light-colored clothes
  • Stay away from direct sunlight between 10 am and 4 pm
  • Forget about any intense physical activities during the peak hours of the day
  • Remember to drink enough water every day
  • Should not drink alcohol
  • Keep their home cool

 

Eldercare: Recognize heat stroke on time

Eldercare isn’t something to be taken for granted. Since the summer has started, you need to check up on your senior as often as possible in order to help them in case of an emergency.

Here are the signs and symptoms of heat stroke: trouble with breathing, confusion, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, unusual behavior, disorientation, seizures, the absence of sweating, flushed dry or hot red skin.

In case you recognize any of these signs, follow these steps.

Transfer your senior to a shaded area and remove their clothes. Next, use water to cool their skin.

If they can drink water, encourage them to take a few sips of water, for the start. 

Use a thermometer to monitor your senior’s body temperature while keeping them cool all the time. The goal here is for their body temperature to drop to 102 degrees Fahrenheit.

Call 911

If heat stroke isn’t treated straightaway, it can cause damage to the body, and even lead to death.

Therefore, call 911 as soon as you can, and they will take it from there. 

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