Nurse’s Corner

We are having an extremely hot summer! Here are a few tips to help you keep your cool during the hot temperatures.

  • Stay Hydrated:
    Drink plenty of water. As seniors age, you lose the ability to conserve water. Therefore, you have to replace the fluids that you have lost. Keep a water bottle with you especially if you are going on a long drive or taking a stroll in the neighborhood. You may not always be aware that you are thirsty so the JADP staff will encourage you to drink often while in our care.
  • Medications:
    Most medications need to be stored in a cool environment. You and your caregiver should make sure that your medications are put away in a cool area of your home. Check with your doctor to make sure medications are still effective, even in warm temperatures. As a reminder, make sure you let us know about any medication changes immediately, and always bring your medications in its original container.
  • Stay Cool:
    Your body may not respond appropriately to the rise in temperatures. Do not stay outdoors for long periods of time. Be sure to let someone know when you are sitting outdoors or going for a walk.
  • In Case of Emergency:
    Update your contact information often. We need to know who to call in case of an emergency. Is your Physician information up to date? In case of an emergency, we will need to act fast in addition to calling 911. At home you can compile a list of emergency numbers and store them on the refrigerator (i.e. doctor’s number, pharmacy, primary family contact, etc.).
  • Don’t Forget the Sunglasses, Hats and Sunscreen:
    So many allergens are in the air this time of the year as well as the UV from the sun. It is important to protect your eyes from the harmful ultraviolet rays. Vision loss is common among the elderly and irritations can only worsen vision. Protect your eyes!Cover your face and skin and with sunscreen and grab a big hat to protect your head from the harmful UV rays.
  • Know the Risks of Getting too Hot:
    Hyperthermia is elevated body temperature due to failed thermoregulation that occurs when a body produces or absorbs more heat than it dissipates. Extreme temperature elevation then becomes a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment to prevent disability or death. You need to know the warning signs and seek medical attention immediately:Body temperature greater than 104 degrees
    A change in behavior, such as acting confused, agitated or grouchy
    Dry, flushed skin
    Nausea and vomiting
    Headache
    Heavy breathing or a rapid pulse
    Not sweating, even if it’s hot out
    Fainting
    Elderly individuals have a harder time knowing when they are dehydrated and their bodies have more difficulty regulating their temperatures.