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What to Do when a Heat Wave Strikes

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Hot weather?is often a major issue for?people. Everyone is bothered greatly once the?temperature soars.? A heat wave can be worse. It does not only cause discomfort?but also leads to a large number of?sicknesses and deaths due to heat strokes.?The elderly are the most susceptible to heat strokes for a number of reasons.

The first reason is elderly people do not adjust to rising temperatures like younger ones do. Second,?heart complications?make it hard?for the body to properly circulate blood?and?disperse?heat.?Third, the elderly are more likely to take prescription pills. Pills may bring about?water loss, prevent perspiration and?amplify?the?dehydrating effects of?extreme?temperatures.?Lastly, senior citizens have functional limitations and mobility impairments. This reduces the ability to respond effectively?when?it is hot.

There are practical ways to deal with?heat-related illnesses. For example, stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water and natural fruit juices.?Sponge?off with a cool towel?and stay in a place where you?are?more comfortable and?the?temperature is lower.??Elderly people?with diabetes and/or dementia are not aware of?the feeling of thirst or too much heat.

It?is?possible to maintain coolness in your home by making sure your air conditioner filters well. Check if your filtration systems are maintained properly for cooling capacity and efficiency.?Prevent the sun from filtering through your house by using window blinds or shades. Use portable electric fans for those rooms that?are?used frequently.?When?a heat wave strikes, see to it that you are in the coolest area.

Avoid excessive movements and activities when it is hot. Do not hesitate to use your air conditioning unit or stay in air-conditioned public places like the?mall, library?or movie theater if you are not at home. You can also rub a wet wash?cloth?over your face, body, wrists, and?neck. Ice or cooler packs will also come in handy.

It?s important to note that a heat stroke?starts?with flu-like?symptoms?which include?loss of appetite,?vomiting, light-headedness and muscle cramps.?These?symptoms can develop?quickly?or slowly?within a few?days.?Pay?close attention to?you?and your loved ones’?health.

Whatever?you do, Specialty Care Services can provide?economical?home care services,?like?certified?nursing?assistants and?geriatric?nursing?assistants,?which?can lessen the burden of care giving and?corresponding?costs. The objective is?to?support the needs of both patients and family providing home care services for home nursing, retirement?communities, hospitals and long-term care facilities.

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