Dealing with extreme hot weather is not a pleasant experience for anyone, but the elderly are particularly at risk during these periods.
Following these simple steps may reduce the risk for your loved ones:
- Ensure they are moving around in a cooled home environment ie. Air-conditioning, ceiling or pedestal fans, a cool facecloth applied to the skin, bathing their feet in a tub of cool water
- Keep them hydrated with plenty of cool water
- Swap large meals for smaller ones
- Avoid using ovens and stoves and instead opt for cool meals like salads or sandwiches
- Arrange twice daily home visits to ensure they are coping in the heat
- Sign up for the free Red Cross Telecross REDi service that provides 3 calls daily to check on their wellbeing
- Plan an outing to a comfortable air conditioned environment like the local library, cinemas or shopping centre.
For more tips from the SA government on how to beat the heat please click here and if you require assistance with any of these matters, please consult your healthcare professional.
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