Looking After Yourself And Others In Hot Weather

Elderly and disabled people are more at risk in the sun if they are have existing medical conditions, are on medication or simply are less mobile when outside in the hot weather.

Protection is a first step to enjoying the warm weather, so loose clothing should be worn and always wear a sun hat. As we age, we perspire less and there is less ability to regulate body temperature. Older people therefore may tend to wear more clothes than they need to.

Older skin is thinner and offers less protection from the sun. Sun protection creams are easily available and high factor numbers should be used.

Wheelchair users sit in the sun rather than moving around, so place your wheelchair in the shade and move onto further shady places as the sun moves round during the day. An umbrella could be used as a sunshade when sitting in the garden.

Fans are easily available in the shops and they can act as a cooling breeze to offer some relief if the hot day has no breeze.

Many public places have effective air conditioning so in hot weather consider visiting a museum, an art gallery, a cinema or a similar venue.

Indoors, keep curtains or blinds closed to keep the heat out.

Drink plenty of fluids and if you become too hot take a cool shower to help reduce your overall temperature.

Any health problems that appear such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, cramps, pale skin or a high temperature could indicate heat stroke. Call you GP for advice immediately.

Stay safe and think about other people such as elderly neighbours or people with health conditions and call in on them to make sure they are ok.

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