With the recent excessive heat wave warnings, The Elizabeth Hospice would like to remind families and neighbors to check on elderly loved ones who may be home-bound or frail. According to DailyCaring.com, seniors are at risk for heat stroke during hot weather because:
- Their bodies don’t adjust as well to sudden changes in temperature.
- Chronic medical conditions can change their body responses to heat.
- Prescription medicines can impair their body’s ability to regulate temperature or could actually prevent sweating.
In general, it’s best for older adults to stay indoors and avoid strenuous activities in hot weather.
If you are a family caregiver and live away from your elderly loved one, call and check on your loved one to connect and assess their well being. Also, ask a trusted local friend (and someone your loved one knows and recognizes) to check on your loved one during excessive weather conditions, and let your loved one know you are doing that.
Many local government and community agencies provide services to check on the elderly. In San Diego County, local authorities provide the following community services:
“You Are Not Alone” YANA Checks
If you know someone who is elderly or physically challenged and also alone, Police volunteers can stop by and check on these people regularly. To request this service, contact your local area station. Find the area station near you.
Take me Home Program
The “Take Me Home” Program is a regional photo-based information system hosted by the Sheriff’s Department accessible by all Law Enforcement in San Diego. It is designed to assist Law Enforcement (Police and Sheriff) during contacts with members of the community who have disabilities such as, but not limited to Autism, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome, deafness or any other Developmental Disabilities. Take Me Home Information.
Share these tips to help keep elderly and frail individuals safe during these hot weather conditions.