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Heat Stroke Prevention and Warning Signals for Seniors

Jun 18, 2018 by Sandra Hatch

At Home Caregivers in Fresno, CA from Comfort Keepers

At home caregivers help with heat stroke in seniors in Fresno, CA from Comfort Keepers

Heat stroke is one of the most dangerous forms of heat injuries as it affects the brain and many other internal organs. If heat stroke is severe, it can result in death. But, even mild heat strokes can cause all kinds of problems. This is why it’s of utmost importance to prevent it from happening.

Learning more about this condition seems like the best way to fight it. Heat stroke happens when the body temperature goes over 104 degrees Fahrenheit, which means that it’s most likely to happen during summer.

It also means that seniors are under great risk of heat strokes, as their bodies aren’t good at thermoregulation. This is why they’re advised to take a good care of themselves throughout the year, but especially during the hottest months – June, July, August, and September.  

If you have a senior loved one, who you fear might end up getting a heat stroke, here’s what you can do to help them prevent such a scenario:

  • Provide them with loose clothes
  • Provide them with large-brim hats
  • Encourage them to drink plenty of water
  • Encourage them to stay away from alcohol
  • Help them out with physically-demanding daily living tasks
  • Advise them to keep the room temperature cool
  • Urge the seniors to stay inside between 10 am and 4 pm

In the case of heat stroke happening, the most important thing to do is call 911. But, before the help arrives, you need to play your part in ensuring the heat stroke leaves no serious consequences. Here’s what you can do:

  • Help the senior move away from the sun
  • Move them into an air-conditioned room
  • Provide them with water to drink
  • Sprinkle water over their skin

The sooner you react, the better, as time is of the essence when it comes to heat strokes. If left untreated, a heat stroke can leave grave consequences.

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