Summer is getting closer, and the temperatures are on the rise here in Houston, Texas. In the midst of this heat, many caregivers wonder what they can do to keep their loved one cool. As a leading name in Houston for at-home caregivers, IPR Healthcare understands you want to keep your loved one safe from the dangers of overheating, so we’ve listed some tips to help keep your loved one cool and comfortable as the temperatures rise:
- Turn On the A/C
Instead of opening windows, use the air conditioner in your loved one’s home. This allows the entire home to cool down, rather than just one area with an open window. Set the thermostat below 80 degrees and turn on fans to circulate the cool air. This will allow you and your loved one to stay cool, no matter where you may be in the house.
- Watch for Signs of Overheating
If your loved one is not able to effectively communicate, it can be difficult for them to let you know they are hot. It’s important to keep an eye out for signs of overheating. Some common indicators include increased thirst, lack of coordination, and profuse sweating. If you begin noting any of these signs, it’s important to immediately get your loved one to a cool, air-conditioned area to help them cool down.
- Utilize Cool Clothing
Ensure your loved one is wearing loose-fitting clothing made of a light-weight material. It’s also best to stick to natural fibers like cotton, as synthetic materials can trap in body heat. In addition, make sure the clothing your loved one is wearing is not a dark color. Dark colors absorb more heat than light colors.
- Keep Your Loved One Hydrated
Remind your loved one to drink fluids every so often to keep them cool and hydrated. Keep in mind to avoid offering sugary drinks, like soda, as they do not provide the same amount of hydration as water. However, if your loved one wants a sweeter drink, you can add some frozen berries to the water for some delicious flavor.
- Avoid Intense Sunlight
To keep your loved one cool, avoid going outdoors between 11 AM and 4 PM, when the sunlight is at its most intense. If you must go outdoors, stay in shaded or covered areas, like under an umbrella or on a covered patio.
These tips will keep your loved one safe and comfortable as the infamous Texas summer gets closer. For professional healthcare in your loved one’s home, give IPR Healthcare a call at (713) 592-6776. We’re the leading home care agency in Houston.