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How to handle the heat, especially for older persons

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GC2423_02Handling the heat becomes especially important for older persons and infants as the summer temperatures hover around 90 degrees all of this week.

“The threat of heat stroke should be taken very seriously by persons over age 50, but infants, athletes and outdoor workers are also at risk,” says Bonnie Smith, Administrator of Graceworks at Home, which provides skilled and personal care for older persons in their homes in southern Montgomery County and Bethany Village senior living community in Centerville, Ohio. “We can all reduce the risk of heat stroke or other serious problems by following a few precautions.”

Here are tips to reduce the risk of heat stroke,plus how to identify symptoms of heat-related problems.

If you observe signs of heat exhaustion or dehydration, immediately move the affected senior to the nearest cool shade and provide with ventilation and hydrants like cool juice or water. You can help increase the cool by applying cold compress and calling for medical assistance as soon as it is necessary.

For more information on care for yourself or a loved one in their home, please contact us at 937-436-7700 or graceworksathome@graceworks.org. Health at Home, a subsidiary of Graceworks at Home, is certified by Medicare and accredited by The Joint Commission.

Written by Bethany Lutheran Village

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