With the temperatures starting to climb for the summer months, knowing the difference between Heat Exhaustion (need to cool off & rest) and Heat Stroke (life-threatening) to determine if a senior needs immediate medical attention or simply needs help cooling off is vital for a CAREGiver:
Excessive heat makes all of our bodies work harder, here are some tips a CAREGiver can use to ensure seniors are receiving the nutrition they need while staying hydrated: 1 Create some pre-made healthy snacks—cut up some fruit and vegetables in ready-to-eat small portions. Celery, cucumbers, green peppers, carrots, watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, and strawberries are full of water to ensure seniors are staying hydrated as well as being nutritious. 2 Prepare lighter meals that are pre-cooked. Include some lean proteins for energy. 3 Prepare smoothies to replace meals if your senior doesn’t feel like eating. Be sure to add spinach (for protein) and light yogurt instead of ice cream. 4 Drink water— or consider some flavored waters, teas, or juices. However, limit the caffeine intake as that can dehydrate a person! 5 Set aside some loose fitting, light clothes so not to restrict a senior’s movement and to make them feel more comfortable in higher temperatures. 6 Limit sun exposure during 10am & 3pm 7 If a senior is over-heating, apply cool water to the skin and fan the wet skin. You can also apply ice cubes wrapped in a towel to the head, neck, and arm pits to cool down faster. 8 If there is no air conditioning available, consider purchasing a fan for their room, and encourage the person to lie down & rest.