Top tips for the elderly and seniors to avoid heat-related illness and conditions in the hot weather at home.

Taking care in the hot summer weather this year

Did you know that people aged 65 years and older are at increased risk of heat-related illness in hot weather conditions? And even if you’re younger, taking care when the mercury rises to above 30°C is vital to avoid the serious implications of heat stress.

At Unique Care, we want to make sure you and your loved ones are able to make the most of this unexpected heatwave while staying safe in the sun, so we’ve compiled a list of our five tips to keep cool…

Know the symptoms of heat stress

It’s important to know what to look out for in yourself and others, so make a note of the main symptoms of heat stress and perform regular checks on yourself and others when the weather heats up.

Symptoms of heat-related illness may include hot, dry skin, paleness, a rapid heart rate, fainting, nausea and vomiting, and heightened symptoms of pre-existing medical conditions.

Here’s some additional advice from the NHS.

Be prepared for Hot Weather

If the weather forecast says it will be hot, prepare for it! It’s much better to be over prepared than under, and no one wants to rush to the shops to find the last fan has been sold – keep all the essentials ready so you can enjoy the hot weather without becoming flustered.

Avoid the hottest hours

The hottest hours of the day are between 11am and 3pm, so avoid going out or doing too much activity during those times. You could even try a European siesta in the afternoon!

Don’t forget your hat

Even if you’re applying sun cream regularly while outside, you’re still at risk of sun damage to your scalp if you’re not wearing a hat. Try a broad-brimmed one to provide further protection on your face, and don’t forget the sunglasses either!

Bring a bottle

Of water, of course! Drinking plenty is key to staying healthy, especially in hot weather when you’re losing more fluids than normal through sweat. And if you’re travelling anywhere, make sure you always have a bottle of water handy.

There’s no reason everyone can’t enjoy the rare sunshine when it makes an appearance – just make sure you stay safe and look after anyone who’s more vulnerable to heat-related illness, and we’ll all have a summer to remember!

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