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The dangers of a today’s heat for the elderly and sick

By November 20, 2019 Aged Care, Disability, Family

As the temperature in Adelaide sours this afternoon to 43C in some suburbs, Kompletecare would like to remind people of the dangers regarding the elderly and sick. It’s important to note that the following people are most vulnerable:

  • older people, especially those over 75
  • babies and young children
  • people with a serious long-term condition, especially heart or breathing problems
  • people with mobility problems – for example, people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke
  • people with serious mental health problems
  • people on certain medicines, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
  • people who misuse alcohol or drugs
  • people who are physically active – for example, labourers or those doing sports

It is important to follow some simple practices today to stay safe:

  • keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped
  • avoid the heat: stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes
  • keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this is not possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter)
  • if possible, move into a cooler room, especially for sleeping
  • have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water
  • drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol. Water and lower-fat milks are good options
  • if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf
  • check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves

Please stay safe today and keep an eye out for each other.

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