Helping Your Parents Handle the Heat by Staying Inside

by | Jul 6, 2020 | Handling the Heat, Senior Care Germantown MD | 0 comments

In some parts of the U.S., residents are experiencing the unbearable summer heat. It happens, and it can be dangerous. With temperatures climbing well into the 90s with humidity adding to the heat, it can be extremely dangerous for your parents.

As much as they want to be outside in their gardens or taking walks, they need to stay inside during the hottest hours of the day. The best rule of thumb is to be inside from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The closer they are to the equator, the more time they’ll need to be inside.

When they are stuck inside, how can you keep them busy? They’re antsy and want to go outside, so what can you do to make this easier for everyone?

Keep Drinks and Snacks Available

Senior Care Germantown, MD: Handling the Heat

Dehydration is a risk at any time. It’s worse when it’s very hot. Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge. If your parents are not willing to drink plain water, slices of lemon, lime, or orange may help.

You can also make iced tea. If you don’t have teabags, you can make herbal and fruit teas with ingredients like frozen blueberries, fresh lavender, and slices of ginger. Lemon peel, fresh mint, and frozen strawberries also make a fantastic herbal iced tea.

Don’t sweeten it if you can avoid it. Small amounts of sugar can always be added later if it’s the only way to get your parents to drink more.

You should also consider prepping water-rich foods like watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, and cherries. Make a fruit salad with them that your parents can snack on throughout the day. Celery, tomatoes, and cucumbers are other water-rich foods. Let them help with the preparations.

Stock Up on Games 

It’s a good time to lay low and play games. Go through their game cupboard and pull out some of the games you haven’t played in a while. Find a cooler room, grab glasses of ice water or iced tea, and play games all afternoon.  

 

Watch Movies 

Check services like Google Play, Roku, and Vudu for free movies. Turn on a fan or AC and watch movies all afternoon.

Arrange to Have Caregivers Checking on Them if You Cannot 

Hire caregivers to be companions for your parents when you have to go to work. Senior care services can help you arrange to have caregivers as often as needed. You’ll be happier knowing your parents aren’t outside getting overheated. They’re inside, safe, and happy with their senior care aide available to get drinks, keep them busy, and make sure they’re eating enough. 

 

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Senior Care in Germantown, MD please contact the caring staff at Nest & Care today at (240) 261-1328. 

Katharina Villanueva

Katharina Villanueva

RN, BSN, CCRN-K, SCRN, CNRN, DN, CDP

Kat is the founder of Nest & Care LLC, a Private Duty In-Home Care agency providing companion care, personal care, and skilled nursing services to families in and around Montgomery County and Howard County, MD.

For the past 15 years, she has devoted her nursing career to caring for patients with Neurologic or Neurosurgical conditions in the acute, subacute and chronic phases. She worked at Keck Medical Center of USC in Los Angeles, California before moving to Maryland where she exclusively worked with patients with stroke as a stroke program coordinator at Providence Hospital.

She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines in 1998. Kat is married to Mikael, a pediatric surgeon. They have 3 boys and 3 dogs.