From the beginning of December till the end of March, the temperatures are at their hottest. Which means it is now the middle of summer in Australia, so it is important for your loved one to take care during this hot weather period.
Although summer can be ideal weather for the great outdoors and spending time with your friends and family, it is important to take care during these activities, as these hot temperatures can often make your loved one feel uncomfortable.
Sunrise Senior Living has provided some tips on how your loved one can stay safe during summer.
One of the main risks for your loved one during the hot weather is becoming dehydrated. It is not uncommon for them to forget to stay hydrated and one way to combat this is by getting them to eat more cold foods like fruits, and salads as they contain a substantial amount of water. Also, buy them a jug so they can fill it up with water, and easily fill their glass throughout the day.
Stay out of the heat
Staying out of direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day, which is 11am-3pm, is another way they can stay safe from any harm.
It is important that your loved one seeks shelter during midday, whether it is inside with a fan or air conditioning, or under a patio or umbrella. Make sure that they continuously use sunscreen that is at least SPF 15, as sunburns can lead to skin infections or other complications.
Talk to the GP
Medical conditions like asthma and heart conditions are more susceptible to risk during hot weather. Make sure you stay updated with the weather forecasts, so you can prepare your loved one for the coming weather conditions. If you are unsure of what to do then contact their GP for more information.
As summer takes its toll on everyone it is important to always touch base with your loved one and see how they are feeling. If they have any health risks make sure to discuss that with them so they know the signs and what to do to prevent any risks.
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