While all seniors may face health problems, including heat fatigue and exhaustion, those with dementia or Alzheimer’s, for example, are even more at risk.
Irvine, CA (PRWEB) June 22, 2011
The official start to summer began June 21st and Cerna Healthcare, a Home Care and Nursing Services provider, cautions family caregivers to start safeguarding their loved one against heat-related illnesses.
Cerna Healthcare specializes in care services for the elderly with injuries and diseases of the brain and has found that seniors afflicted with cognitive impairments are especially at risk of suffering from heat stress.
“While all seniors may face health problems, including heat fatigue and exhaustion, sudden dizziness, heat cramps, and heat stroke, those with dementia or Alzheimer’s, for example, are even more at risk,” said Joseph Munoz, executive director of Mesa Verde Convalescent Hospital in Costa Mesa, CA. “The potential for errors in judgment or forgetfulness puts more responsibility on the caregiver to make sure they are following safety measures and are protected.”
Cerna Healthcare offers the following advice for caregivers and anyone assisting seniors throughout the day to keep them safe and cool during the summer:
- Keep seniors indoors in an air-conditioned environment or ventilated with fans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death.
- Take note of medications the senior is taking and how this may affect their reaction when changes in body temperature and exposure to heat occur.
- Assist with exercises early in the day, indoors or late in the afternoon to avoid the hottest time of the day.
- Many medications require more hydration; encourage the senior to drink water throughout the day to keep hydrated.
- If you assist your senior with dressing, select loose-fitting clothes in light fabrics such as cotton that are comfortable and allow them to feel cool.
For more information and tips about caring for seniors, visit http://www.cernahealth.com.
About Cerna Healthcare
Cerna Healthcare offers in-home care, coordinated care and nursing services. Founded in 2008, Cerna is a leading provider of Level II Home Care services, which includes cognitive and physical stimulation for patients that play an important role in recovery for those returning from a hospital stay, have an impairment due to Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkison’s, and Stroke or suffer from general aging issues. Cerna Healthcare services are available in areas throughout Southern California, San Diego and Dallas. Client support is available 24 hours/day by calling 877-577-6782. For more information, visit http://www.cernahealth.com.