Elder Care in Palm City FL
Hot weather can be uncomfortable for just about anyone but the elderly are more susceptible to problems during hot weather. These ideas can help your loved one to stay cooler when the temperature is at its highest point.
Make Sure She Has Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated helps your loved one’s body to be able to regulate its temperature a little bit more accurately. If your loved one doesn’t like drinking water very much, she’s not alone. Try flavoring her water with a little bit of lemon juice, lime juice, or even freshly-squeezed orange juice. These types of juices can add a lot of flavor without adding tons of sugar.
Serve Smaller, Cooler Meals
Summer is a time for smaller meals that don’t heat up the house or your loved one’s body as much. You might want to consider serving snacks more frequently throughout the day, such as celery sticks, sliced apples, or even hummus with cucumber slices. For dinner, consider salads made with plenty of vegetables, some cheese, and perhaps some tuna. Look for casserole ideas that you can cook ahead and serve cold, such as pasta casseroles.
Recommend Looser Fitting Clothing
The tighter your loved ones clothing is the more likely it is to feel restrictive and to trap sweat against her body. In the hotter months, try helping her to transition to clothing that fits more loosely and that allows her skin to breathe more. Gauzy fabrics are a good idea as are natural fibers, such as cotton. The more comfortable your loved one is, the better.
Stay Inside During the Hottest Parts of the Day
It’s tempting to do regular outdoor activities at any old time of day, but that can be dangerous. Try gardening or other activities early in the morning or late in the evening, when it’s much cooler. When the sun is at its highest point and the day is its hottest, stick to indoor activities only. Try adjusting the blinds or the curtains at different times of the day, too, to block out more heat when it’s hottest outside.
Remember to also check with your loved one’s doctor and elder care providers for any other tips that can help your loved one in her particular situation.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care in Palm City, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at 772-872-6983.
We are licensed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration in Florida. As a licensed nurse registry, we refer private duty caregivers to clients in need of personal care services and assistance with every day activities. We are providers of medical and non-medical health care services.
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