Your mother or father may not adjust well to weather (temperature) changes. During the winter your mom or dad may walk around with two or three sweaters on just to stay warm and in the summer when it’s 90 degrees when others are going sleeveless, they are wearing long sleeves and a sweater.
According to in home care agency workers, their body temperature may not be regulated properly due to a chronic illness that disrupts it or the medications they may be taking to control their chronic medical issues. Because of this, your mom or dad may not feel the heat as you do and excessive heat may cause them additional ills.
Heat stroke is tough. Heat stroke happens when the body cannot control its own temperature and sweat it out. Without sweating it out, your parent’s body may overheat and develop heat stroke. Their body temperature can reach a significant 106 degrees.
Signs of Heat Stroke
- Fever of 103 or higher
- Hot dry skin with no sweat
- Rapid heartbeat
Heat exhaustion is dangerous, but not as life-threatening as heat stroke. This form of heat-related disease according to the in home care agency providers often happens days after being exposed to the heat for several days. Here are some signs to look for and seek medical attention.
- Excessive sweating
- Muscle cramps – often in the legs
- Weak and dizzy
- Nausea, vomiting, headache, chills
- Slow pulse rate
- Fast and shallow breathing
Protecting seniors from the heat
- Keep them hydrated (water, no alcohol)
- Keep them cool (air conditioning, fan, cooling bath, sit in the shade, shaded pool)
- Monitor body temperature
- Wear loose clothing
In home care agency professionals in Dayton and Mason, OH also recommend spending time with your parent at the movies or a museum on a hot day, keeping them safe from the sun!