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Staying Safe in the Heat this Summer for Seniors

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Summer is hot. It doesn’t matter where you live in the country, summer is always going to have at least several weeks when the temperatures can feel oppressive. Aside from the desert Southwest, most regions of the country can also deal with high humidity levels and when coupled with high temperatures, it can actually make it feel like it’s in the triple digits.

Seniors have a more difficult time keeping cool because the changes their body goes through as they get older. Most elderly individuals have a weaker immune system and their heart may not be as strong as it once was. This makes it more difficult for their body to maintain an ideal core temperature.

In other words, it can be more difficult to stay cool.

Some people have central air conditioning or air conditioning units installed in bedrooms and some other rooms in the house, which can certainly help during an intense heat wave. But what if the power goes out or an elderly individual doesn’t have that luxury?

During a heat wave, which is essentially three or more consecutive days with temperatures over 90°, the risk of serious health issues, especially for seniors, increases. The longer the heat wave and the higher the temperatures during that heat wave, the more dangerous it can be.

How can you keep seniors safer during these heat ways?

It’s important to have somebody there with them to monitor the indoor temperature of the house. The senior might have difficulty opening windows or doors to allow fresh air in and possibly cool the house to some degree.

The senior may not be drinking enough water because, since they’re not getting a lot of exercise, they don’t feel as thirsty as they would otherwise. An experienced home care aide, for example, could keep track of just how much water the senior is drinking and encourage him or her to drink more to stay properly hydrated.

Experienced home care aides can also determine the indoor temperature and look for signs that the senior may be getting a bit overheated. That caregiver may be able to take the senior to a local cooling shelter that would likely be in operation during an intense heat wave.

It’s also important to make sure the senior doesn’t remain outside exposed to direct sunlight for an extended period of time during these extremely hot days. Even though they might enjoy being outside gardening, going for a walk in the park, or doing other activities, they need to temper their enthusiasm with safety when it comes to extreme temperatures.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Weddington, NC please contact the caring staff at BlueDot Cares. 704-586-9248.

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Kevin Bilderback

Owner at BlueDot Cares
Kevin Bilderback, CEO and President of the BlueDot family of companies, founded BlueDot’s first healthcare company, BlueDot Medical, in 2002.Since then, BlueDot has become one of the fastest growing companies in America and has made Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing companies five times (http://www.inc.com/profile/bluedot-medical).Kevin attributes the growth to hiring amazing people who provide great care and inspire independence in the home.

Kevin’s passion to inspire independence has helped over 40,000 local families regain independence in the home.It was through helping these families that Kevin identified a gaping hole in the health care sector.People want to recover and age at home and current in-home care options make it hard and inefficient to do so.Families have to piece together providers for the needs of their loved ones.

Kevin founded BlueDot Cares to fix this challenge for families.BlueDot’s family of companies provides a synergy of care allowing loved ones to recover or age where they want to – at home.Families can feel comfort that their loved ones not only have the most supportive and best caregivers; but also, they will have the equipment they need to remain safe at home.

BlueDot has grown over the years because Kevin truly cares, the employees care, the referring physicians care, the current clients that refer friends and family to BlueDot CARE!BlueDot is part of the community and is honored to show the community that BlueDot cares through a corporate initiative.For every new BlueDot Cares client, a bed will be purchased for a child in need in the community.

BlueDot cares and will inspire in more ways than one!

For more information on Kevin and BlueDot, please visit his LinkedIn Page (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-bilderback-1bb3326)

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