This season, Heritage Healthcare has launched the Summer Safety campaign to help more people make the most of the next sunny months without feeling uncomfortable.
Here are some of our tips on keeping yourself and loved ones safe:
Cover yourself in sunscreen – choose a cream that’s at least factor 15, if not higher. Apply liberally over exposed skin, not forgetting your face, ears and top of your head if you’re bald or hair is thinning. Re-apply regularly throughout the day, especially if you’re lucky enough to take a dip in the sea or an outdoor pool.
Keep hydrated – drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid dehydration. If you’re going out, make sure you have a bottle of water handy. If you’re planning a day in with friends and family, a jug of ice cold water with slices of lemon, cucumber and orange is always a refreshing treat.
Dress appropriately – thin cotton and linen clothing will keep you cool in the heat. Keeping arms and legs covered will prevent sun-burn and itchy sun rashes, and light colours will prevent over-heating.
Top it off with a hat and sunglasses – a wide brimmed hat or cap will keep your head safe and provide shade for your face. Sunglasses are a must and will reduce the cumulative damage to the eyes.
Get under the shade – in the UK, the sun is at its strongest between 11am and 3pm. This is the prime time to be sitting indoors or under shade. An umbrella can work as on-the-go shade so you can still enjoy a day out.
Medications – it’s a good idea to check any medications you may be taking as some can lead to increased sensitivity to the sun. Check with your GP or pharmacists if you have concerns.
There are signs to look out for if you, a loved one or someone you care for may be suffering from a heat-related illness:
- Dehydration – Weakness, headache, cramps, dizziness, confusion or passing out
- Heat Stroke – A body temperature of 38’c or above, red and hot skin, a fast pulse, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, and passing out
- Heat exhaustion – Sweating, cramps, tiredness, weakness, paleness, clammy skin, dizziness, nausea, fast and week pulse, and fainting
- Heat syncope – dizziness or fainting
If any of the above occur, make sure the individual is out of the sun and in a cool place, with plenty of water available and call 999 if it’s an emergency or 111 if not.
At Heritage Healthcare, our care assistants can be on hand to support individuals within their own home, whether it’s personal care, domestic duties or companionship.