While many of us are aware of assisting our elderly friends and family during the winter months to help avoid any preventable slips, trips and falls due to snow and other adverse weather conditions, the summer months present their own threats to the elderly.
Heat exhaustion is a medical term used for the fatigue felt during spells of hot weather. It occurs when the body’s blood pressure and blood volume decrease as a consequence of the loss of body fluids and salts after exposure to the sun.
Who is at risk of heat exhaustion?
As with slips and falls in the winter months, there are certain categories of individuals who are more susceptible to suffering from this condition than others are, including:
- children under two years old
- elderly people
- those with kidney, heart or circulation difficulties
- insulin-dependent diabetics
These groups are not only more likely to suffer from the summer-related illness, they are also vulnerable to experiencing complications connected with the summer sickness, such as heat stroke and dehydration.
What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion?
As you would expect from this summer-related ailment, sufferers experience extreme fatigue. Other symptoms to help identify heat exhaustion include, but are not limited to:
- hot, flushed skin
- substantial sweating
- nausea and vomiting
- increased heartrate
How to prevent heat exhaustion
As during the winter months, when snow and ice causes many falls among the elderly, it is essential to take care of elderly relatives during summer to prevent heat exhaustion.
Keep rooms well ventilated, ensure cool drinks are available and set up fans in all rooms that are used. Check the settings too to guarantee the heating will not come on due to an automatic timer setting.
If you suspect your friend or family member is suffering from heat exhaustion, move them inside, into a cool area and give them a cold drink of water. They should feel an improvement within 30 minutes.
Should the symptoms of this summer illness persist, ring 999 immediately, as the condition is likely to have escalated to heat stroke, which can be fatal.
Accident Advice Helpline
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Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice