Jun 7, 2018 by Gregg Gammello
Non-medical home health aides can help seniors from having a heat stroke this summer
Heat stroke, also known as sunstroke, is a medical emergency caused by prolonged exposure and/or strenuous activities in high temperatures. It results in the body temperature rising to about 104 Fahrenheit or higher. This can cause permanent damage to the brain and other internal organs and even lead to death.
Since the senior population is especially at risk of developing heat stroke and heat-related injuries, home health services aim to educate and encourage older adults to include certain heat stroke prevention techniques in their daily routine.
For this reason, home health experts compiled the following list of effective ways that can help seniors prevent heat stroke and stay safe in the upcoming summer months:
Heat stroke can still occur in some seniors even with every precaution taken. Common heat stroke symptoms include a headache, nausea, fainting, rapid breathing, confusion or agitation, and absence of sweating with flushed dry or hot red skin. If you notice your senior loved one is showing one or more of these symptoms, home health professionals suggest you take the following steps:
When heat stroke occurs, timing is of the essence. A quick response and adequate treatment can reduce damage and save lives. By adhering to these home health advice, your loved one can stay safe and maintain their health this summer.