When winter approaches, most families set about “winterizing” their homes in preparation. It can’t be too emphasized, however, that homes should be prepared for hot weather as well. The concept of “summerizing” a home is especially important if you’re providing home care for an elderly loved one. In fact, among all weather-related illnesses, none are more dangerous than heatstroke and heat exhaustion.
Here are some things you can do to make sure your loved one’s home is as safe and comfortable as possible this summer.
Some Helpful “Summerizing” Tips
A senior is at their most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses when they’re engaged in strenuous outdoor activities, but that doesn’t mean the indoors can’t be unsafe during a heatwave. Here are a few hints to prepare your loved one’s home for Summer.
- Check the air conditioning to make sure it’s working the way it should. You may need to change the air filter, and if you notice the airflow is low, calling for maintenance may be required.
- If your loved one is reluctant to use the AC due to its cost, check with your local Area Agency on Aging to see if any aid is available from local, state, and federal governments.
- If they don’t have air conditioning, consider purchasing a window unit. If that’s not an option, make sure the windows are opened during morning and evening hours to allow for as much cool outside air as possible.
- Give your parent’s wardrobe a once-over. Do they have enough lightweight, loose-fitting clothing? If not, some clothes shopping may be required.
If you have an elderly parent that’s living alone, it’s important that you check on how they’re doing on a regular basis. Visit in the middle of the day, so you can gauge how protected they are from the heat. If, despite your summerizing efforts, it’s still too hot, make arrangements for them to go somewhere cool during the day. You might want to drive them to a local library, or senior center, for example.
Enlist the Help of a Professional Caregiver
An expert in home care can be especially helpful during a heatwave. A few of their services may include:
- Operating the air conditioner as well as area and ceiling fans.
- Driving your senior to cooler locations.
- Shopping for groceries and preparing meals.
- Making sure your loved one is drinking plenty of water.
- Overseeing them as they exercise or engage in strenuous activities.
- Providing assistance with bathing and dressing to ensure maximum comfort.
- Monitoring them daily and reporting back to family with any information.
If you think your family could use some extra help with home care services this summer, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Home Care Assistance of Clarksville, TN.