As temperatures soar each summer, the risk of heat stroke also rises. Anyone can be affected by heat stroke, but seniors are much more likely to develop heat stroke than younger adults, which can result in serious and potentially life threatening side effects. The caregivers at Home Care Assistance in Naples, FL share some important information about senior heat stroke.
Understanding Heat Stroke
Heat stroke occurs when the body’s ability to regulate its temperature breaks down under severe heat stress. The body stops sweating and internal temperatures rise rapidly. Because an older adult’s body is less able to adjust to changes in temperature with age, a lack of immediate medical assistance may result in damage to the internal organs or even death. Seniors may also be more prone to heat stroke because they have medical conditions that disrupt the normal physiological responses to heat, or they take medications that affect the ability to sweat and regulate body temperature.
Signs of Heat Stroke
Seniors exhibiting the following symptoms in response to heat exposure need immediate emergency care:
- Skin red and hot to the touch
- Dry skin (no sweating)
- Rapid pulse
Preventing Heat Stroke
Older individuals may need to be regularly reminded and encouraged to consume fluids during the summer months. A gift of a large digital thermometer may be helpful for seniors who need a reminder of the heat. Seniors who live alone should be visited regularly by family members or part-time caregivers in Naples during hot months to ensure that heat exhaustion is not developing.
If you are concerned about the health or safety of a senior parent or loved one in the summer months, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Naples today. Along with part-time care, our caregivers provide live-in home care in Naples, allowing seniors to receive the assistance they need so that families can gain peace of mind. For more information, call (239) 449-4701 and a friendly Care Manager would be more than happy to assist you.