Memorial Day is right around the corner, and the entire weekend is often seen as a way to kick off the summer season. Before you get out the grilling supplies and plan your family get-togethers, it's a good idea to brush up on summer safety tips that can help keep your elderly loved ones cool and happy. Here are a few ways you can help your relatives beat the heat.
1. Ensure a comfortable indoor atmosphere. Air conditioning is often the way to go, but if your relatives' homes don't have it, you need to make sure that there is plenty of airflow throughout the spaces. Fix any screens with holes and check that all the windows can be opened, then consider investing in a few fans to place near the beds, your loved ones' favorite chairs and anywhere else that might benefit from a breeze.
2. Keep everyone hydrated. Even if they don't feel thirsty, it's a good idea to encourage your relatives to sip on a cool beverage, like lemonade, seltzer water with a splash of fruit juice or anything else that suits their fancies. Don't rely on caffeinated beverages or alcohol however, as these can be dehydrating.
3. Dress cool. Comfortable, lightweight clothing in light colors like white or pastels won't absorb as much heat from the sun as darker clothing. A loose fit will ensure that moisture won't be trapped near the skin, while sunglasses and hats are also good ideas.
4. Bring plenty of sunscreen. Sunburns are uncomfortable and potentially dangerous, so be sure that your loved ones lather up before spending time outside. Don't forget easy-to-miss areas like the ears, hands, feet and chest.
5. Know the signs of heat stroke. Also known as sunstroke, heat stroke is a serious medical emergency that should be avoided. Be on the lookout for a flushed face, high body temperature, headache, nausea, rapid pulse, dizziness and confusion. If you notice any one of these signs or a combination of several, use a medical alert device from Bay Alarm to get help immediately. At the push of a button, you and your loved ones can use the medical alarm to contact 911. It's a great way to stay safe this summer.