Senior couple at sea in sunglassesWhether you have been caring for your elderly parent for some time or you are just getting started on your caregiver journey with them and this is the first hot weather season you are facing with them, an issue that you are likely to have heard about is heat stroke. Senior adults are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses and injuries, particularly if they are dealing with high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, or problems with circulation. Understanding this condition is vital to being able to give your senior loved one the care that they need to avoid this health problem and the potentially serious complications that can occur as a result of it.

Heat stroke is a condition that results due to overheating of the body. Generally this occurs when a person is exposed to high natural temperatures, high indoor temperatures, or physical exertion in these high temperatures. While there are many forms of heat-related injuries and illnesses, heat stroke is the most severe. This condition can occur when the body temperature rises to 104 degrees or higher, and can happen within 30 minutes of exposure to high temperatures.

It is vital to keep in mind that heat stroke is not a minor situation. This is not just feeling hot or getting tired because of the heat. Instead, heat stroke is a true medical emergency that requires prompt and effective treatment to manage it properly. If your senior gets the right treatment they can recover, but left untreated for too long, heat stroke can led to damage to the kidneys, heart, muscles, and brain. This damage can occur rapidly and escalate until it is irreversible. It can even lead to death.

Some of the most important things that your elderly loved one can do to avoid heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses and injuries include staying properly hydrated, dressing in lightweight, light-colored clothing, and remaining in air conditioned areas during the hottest times of the day.

Starting elder care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them in the course of your caregiver journey with them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your senior on the schedule that is right for them to provide a highly personalized set of services tailored toward addressing their individual challenges and limitations, as well as helping them to live a lifestyle that is active, engaged, independent, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place. Knowing that your senior has this type of support can also be a tremendous source of peace of mind for you as their family caregiver. Even when you are not able to be with them, you can rest assured that they will have the care, support, and assistance that they need to stay safe and healthy. When it comes to protecting your elderly parent from the heat, an elder care provider can be a valuable source of support, monitoring, and personalized services to help them stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay safe.

Source
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heat-stroke/basics/definition/con-20032814

When you are in need of care for a senior loved one, consider elder care provided by Golden Heart Senior Care. We have offices nationwide. For more information, call us today at (800) 601-2792.

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