Jun 7, 2018 by Mark McGoldrick
We are getting into some of the hottest months of the year, so, it is understandable that you may be thinking about reducing your older loved one's risk of heat stroke. Whether or not your loved one receives professional or family-based care at home, this is an important topic for all older adults.
So, what exactly is heat stroke? It is actually a very dangerous condition that can even end up fatal in some cases. What happens during a heat stroke is that the body overheats and as it does so, internal organs like the brain, heart or kidneys can become seriously injured.
Seniors have a much harder time coping with heat, which is why they are at a much greater risk of developing heat stroke than their younger counterparts. At the same time, an older body is much less adept at coping with damages and recovers much more slowly if at all, which is why measures should be taken - as part of an older adult's care at home plan - to reduce their risk of developing heat stroke. Some of the best ways to prevent heat stroke are the following:
Your loved one's care at home provider should be able to spot symptoms of heat stroke. They include: nausea, vomiting, breathing challenges, confusion, agitation, abnormal behavior, disorientation, seizures, and the absence of sweating with flushed dry or hot red skin.
Should your loved one display any of the above symptoms, do the following:
Educate yourself as much as possible about heat stroke. It could save your loved one's life.