Heat wave top tips
As the temperature rises, we need to think of ways to stay safe and well in the heat.
Heatstroke (sometimes known as heat hyperpyrexia) can affect anyone, but factors including medication, pre-existing health conditions and the body’s natural deterioration process increase the risk of it occurring in those aged 65 or over.
It’s important to understand how the heat affects us, from how to keep your home cool during the extreme heat to what to wear.
Effects of heatstroke can vary in presentation, but common heatstroke symptoms in the include:
• Loss of consciousness
• Fast, shallow breathing
• Not sweating
• Behavioural changes (agitation, confusion, frustration)
So, in the spirit of enjoying the sun safely, we’ve compiled a list of key tips to make sure you stay well during the hot weather!
Here are Abbots Care’s top 10 tips:
Tip 1: If outside wear at least 30 SPF and keep to the shade where possible
Tip 2: Wear a hat with a strong brim or peak
Tip 3: Restrict physical activity
Tip 4: Keep sipping on water throughout the day
Tip 5: Opt for lighter meals
Tip 6: Keep curtains closed at home
Tip 7: Keep to the lower floors of your home (as heat rises)
Tip 8: Closing doors of rooms that aren’t in use
Tip 9: Invest in a fan
Tip 10: Wear loose-fitting, cotton clothing
If you’re worried that you or a loved one is showing signs of heatstroke, contact 999 immediately.
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