It’s summer in Australia and we all know what that means. Sun, and lots of it. At this time of the year, Right at Home asks families to be vigilant when caring for their elderly loved ones or loved ones living with a disability.
Heat-related illness can easily sneak up on the elderly and those living with a disability. It occurs when the body can no longer transfer enough heat (sweating) to keep cool. A high body temperature, also known as hyperthermia, can develop rapidly in extremely hot environments. Hot temperatures also can build up in small spaces with poor ventilation.
Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are two types of heat-related illness. Heat exhaustion generally develops when a person is working or exercising in hot weather and does not drink enough fluids to replace those lost. If heat exhaustion is untreated, it can escalate to heat stroke, which is the most severe form of heat-related illness and requires immediate medical attention. Heat stroke occurs when the body fails to regulate its temperature and body temperature continues to rise, often to 39° C or higher. Even with immediate medical treatment, heat stroke can be life-threatening and cause serious long-term problems.
Other types of heat-related illness include:
Heat-related illness can be prevented by keeping the body cool and avoiding dehydration in hot environments. Home treatment is usually all that is needed to treat many heat-related illnesses. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke need immediate medical treatment.
If you are worried about heat-related illness in your family, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Right at Home is dedicated to looking after the most vulnerable members of our community.
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Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care, and assistance to seniors (elderly and aged care), and any adult who needs our care at home including adults living with a disability who want to continue to live independently or age in their home. Right at Home is your local expert for issues related to caring for your loved ones and is dedicated to keeping you informed about home care. With no admin or subscription fees Right at Home allows you to get more care from your package or budget.
Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and offers flexible in-home care services such as nursing care, after hospital care, post-operative care, respite care, dementia and Alzheimer's care. Right at Home also offers assistance with daily living and personal care such as grooming, hygiene, transport, shopping, meal prep, domestic services and social support, so your loved one can enjoy a more independent, vibrant life. Our nurses and caregivers are screened, highly trained, and insured prior to entering your home so you can trust us with the caregiving while you focus on your loved one.
To find out more, please give us a call on 1300 363 802 or visit our website.
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