Over the next several days the weather is likely to be very hot. While this is a pleasant time to enjoy some lovely afternoons in the garden, be warned that the sun does pose some risks to people’s health.
The Side by Side Care team hope to get out and about to make the most of the early summer, but we know that you need to be careful. Below are some tips about coping in hot weather:
- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
- Avoid the direct heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
- Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
- Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water at least once each hour.
- Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
- Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool. Stay informed!
- Plan your day/week to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
- Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go when you need to avoid the heat.
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors. It doesn’t have to be a fashion contest – just look after yourself!
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
If you’re worried about yourself or a vulnerable neighbour, friend or relative, you can contact the local environmental health office at your local authority HERE.
Worried about someone receiving care?
Here at Side by Side Care, we understand that ensuring your loved one has eaten well and is fully hydrated is very important. That’s why our staff are training in healthy eating and drinking via the Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommendations. Furthermore, we monitor people to ensure their daily intake is correct, and we ensure they have plenty of choice and variety to live well in their own homes.
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