Keeping seniors safe in the hot weather

As we conclude the Memorial Day weekend, the start of summer, let’s remember the crucial role caregivers play in ensuring the safety and well-being of aging adults. The combination of high temperatures and sun exposure can pose significant health risks for seniors, but with diligent care and a few precautions, caregivers can help seniors stay safe and comfortable throughout the hot weather season.


One of the most effective ways to keep seniors healthy and comfortable during summer is to ensure they stay hydrated. Dehydration is a common issue for older adults, but with your encouragement, they can maintain regular water intake, aiming for at least eight glasses a day. Incorporating hydrating foods like fruits and vegetables into their diet can boost their fluid intake and contribute to their overall well-being.

Use Sunscreen

Seniors’ skin is more sensitive and prone to sun damage. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every two hours when outdoors, even on cloudy days. Don’t forget to cover often-missed areas like the ears, neck, and tops of the feet. Wearing protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats, and UV-blocking sunglasses can also help shield from harmful rays.

Stay Cool

Heat can exacerbate health conditions common in older adults, such as heart disease and respiratory issues. Ensure they have access to air-conditioned environments during peak heat. Encourage staying indoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest. If air conditioning isn’t available, fans, cool showers, and visiting public places like libraries or shopping centers can provide relief.

Monitor Medications

Some medications can increase sensitivity to heat and sunlight. Review their medication list with a healthcare provider to understand potential side effects and adjust plans accordingly.

Check-In Regularly

Frequent check-ins can make a big difference. Ensure they have a support system of family, friends, or neighbors who can assist during extreme weather conditions.

Hurley Elder Care Law cares about the safety and well-being of seniors. Assisting with managing their legal, financial, and care needs helps our clients live the most comfortable and happy life possible as their health may change. Call Georgia’s premiere elder law firm at 404-843-0121 to see how our team can assist your family.

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