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5 Tips to Keep Seniors Cool if the Power Goes Out

If your mom or dad has senior home care they won’t have to deal with emergencies like a power outage alone.
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When the weather gets very warm and everyone has their air conditioners running there is a greater chance that the power will go out. For seniors who are aging in place being without power, even for a short time, can be dangerous if the weather is hot.

Seniors that are aging in place should have senior home care. If your mom or dad has senior home care they won’t have to deal with emergencies like a power outage alone. And, if they need help, someone will be there with them to make sure they get it.

Seniors have a hard time regulating their body temperature because of changes that occur naturally as they get older. So, when the power goes out it’s much more difficult for seniors to stay cool. If your mom or dad is living alone and the power goes out here are some things that can help them stay cool until the power comes back on:

Keep Drinking Water

Seniors should have lots of cool water to help regulate their body temperature. Use ice from the fridge or drink water that’s been in the fridge first. If there are any cooling foods in the fridge or freezer like ice cream, frozen fruit, or veggies like cucumbers that have lots of water those can also help seniors cool off.

Cool Showers or Baths

Taking a cool shower or bath can help lower body temperature. If bathing isn’t an option, using a damp washcloth to wipe down the body can also be effective. So can soaking their feet in a large tub or bowl of cool water.

Shut Off Rooms

Your senior parent and their care provider should stay in one room and close off other rooms to preserve the remaining cool air. Shut the vents in other rooms and close the doors. That will direct the remaining cold air to the room where your senior parent is.

If the home has any battery-operated fans those fans can help circulate air to make it a little cooler. It’s a good idea to make sure that your senior parent has a couple of battery-operated fans just in case the power does go out.

Use Wet Cloths or Ice Packs

Apply wet cloths, cold packs, or ice packs to pulse points like the wrists, neck, and armpits to help cool down the body. Bags of frozen veggies can be used like cooling packs on the back of the neck, inner wrists, and forehead to help your senior parent stay cool.

Visit Cooling Centers

If the power doesn’t come back on promptly your mom or dad’s care provider should take them to a cooling center or a place that has power like the library, a mall, or a movie theater to keep them cool until the power returns.

It can be scary for your mom or dad to experience a weather emergency or a power outage if you live far away. But if your mom or dad has senior home care they won’t have to go through an emergency situation alone.

If you or an aging loved one is considering Home Care in Jasper County, MO, please contact the caring staff at Adelmo Family Care today at (417) 206-4576
Adelmo Family Care provides exceptional home and facility care for seniors, disabled adults, and their families in Joplin, Webb City, Carthage, Duquesne, Neosho, Carl Junction, Lamar, Newton County, MO, Jasper County, MO, Pittsburg, KS, Riverton, KS, Crawford County, KS, Cherokee County, KS, and surrounding areas.
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