Senior Helpers launches service to aid elderly who ignore heat warnings

July 18, 2011 by , filed under: Assisted Living 

Rising temperatures mean the elderly need to be more cautious of heat related health problems.

A program to help seniors cope with the heat of the summer has been launched by in-home care provider Senior Helpers.

The care firm set up ‘Heat Helpers’ after a study from Kent State University found that 90% of Americans over the age of 65 ignore health messages about protecting the body from rising temperatures because they do not view themselves as being old.

As part of the sevice, care givers visit the homes of older people to ensure their health is not being affected by the hot weather. They assist with daily activities like cleaning and cooking and ensure that seniors drink enough water.

They also close the blinds and curtains to keep senior residences cool, provide battery operated fans and make sure sunscreen guidelines are being followed.

Peter Ross, CEO and founder of Senior Helpers said: “Nobody wants to admit they can’t deal with extreme heat like they used to. That’s why it’s so important to have someone check on your elderly loved one when you can’t be there. Heat safety has changed…from new FDA guidelines on sunscreen to health recommendations for water intake seniors need to stay hydrated. It often takes an extra set of eyes and ears to make sure seniors are doing everything they can to stay protected.”

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