Keeping Older Adults Safe in the Extreme Texas Heat

Jun 12, 2024 | Caregivers

Summers in Texas Can Be Brutal

It’s that time of year again. It’s heating up in Texas. Although summer doesn’t officially start until June 20th, our fellow Texans know that the 90 degree and up temperatures start in late spring, and only get higher as we transition into summer. That’s why it’s important to understand the impact extreme heat can have, particularly on vulnerable populations like older adults.

Learn more about how to spot and prevent heat illness in older adults by watching the video below.

How To Keep Older Adults Safe in Extreme Hot Weather

Older adults may be more susceptible to negative impacts from extreme heat, including serious conditions like heat stroke and heat exhaustion. To ensure that older adults under your care are safe in extreme heat:

  • Make sure they’re dressed for heat and sun protection
  • Plan your outdoor activities for early morning
  • Ensure that they’re well-hydrated – this is especially important if your loved one has dementia, as they may be unsure of how much water they’ve had
  • Keep an eye out for signs of heat illness

Symptoms of Heat Stroke or Heat Exhaustion

Some symptoms someone experiencing a heat illness might exhibit include:

  • Fainting or dizziness
  • Light headedness from standing too long or suddenly sitting up
  • Heat cramps
  • Behavior changes
  • Body temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Dry skin
  • Confusion

We Are Here for You

You are not alone in this. If you think it might be time for 24/7 specialized care for your loved one, we want to guide you through this and answer any questions you might have.

Schedule your visit online or by calling us at 512-399-5080.