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Senior Safety Tips for the Summer Season


While summer is certainly a beautiful season to be out and about with friends and family, the warmer weather and stronger sunlight could cause health issues, especially in older adults. To stay safe, there are several things that we recommend as a professional provider of high-quality home health care in Skokie, Illinois.

Know how to spot heat-related ailments.
Conditions such as heat stroke, dehydration, and heat exhaustion all have symptoms that home health aides can easily spot when they pay close attention. Watch out for the following:

  • Heat Stroke Symptoms
    • A body temperature of 104°F or higher
    • Rapid breathing
    • Headache
    • Dizziness
    • Fast and weak pulse
    • Flushed skin
    • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dehydration
    • Feeling thirsty
    • Dizziness or lightheadedness
    • Fatigue
    • Dry mouth, lips, and eyes
    • Urinating little and fewer than 4 times a day
    • Dark yellow, strong-smelling urine
  • Heat Exhaustion
    • Body temperature between 98.6°F and 104°F
    • Fatigue/weakness
    • Cold, clammy skin
    • Profuse sweating or no sweating
    • Headache
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Fast and weak pulse

If you notice any of the symptoms in your loved one, take action IMMEDIATELY. Have them drink lots of fluid and call 911 for more severe emergencies.

Take precautions before emergencies happen.

Making sure your loved one is well-hydrated whenever they’re outside is the best way to avoid heat-related ailments. Additionally, reminding your loved one to wear sunscreen and protective clothing before going into the heat will help shield their skin from harmful UV rays.

For excellent, expert In-home care in Illinois, please don’t hesitate to contact Excelcare Home Health today!

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