Staying cool during the heat warning for Notts older people

Nottinghamshire older people are being advised to take extra care during the hot weather as temperatures rise.

Older people are at high risk of developing heated-related illness due their ability to respond to summer heat becomes less efficient with age.

Nottinghamshire County Council has many services targeting older people, including its care homes, day services and home based care and support services.

The Council advises older people to listen to the weather forecast so they can plan their day and stay out of the heat if hot weather is likely.

Older people may want to avoid going out in the hottest part of the day between 11am to 3pm if possible, otherwise they should wear a hat and light and loose fitting clothes.

Strenuous outdoor activity, like sport, DIY or gardening, should be carried out during the cooler parts of the day such as the early morning or evening.

Windows should be closed if inside the home when it is hotter outside and use a fan. Open windows in the evening when it cools down outside with security in mind.

Older people should also eat light meals and salads and drink plenty of cold drinks whilst avoiding excessive alcohol and hot drinks.

For those suffering in the heat a cool shower or bath may help.

Danger symptoms to watch out for in hot weather include feeling faint and dizzy, short of breath, vomiting or increasing confusion.

Councillor Kevin Rostance, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social and Health Committee, said: “Whilst many of us enjoy the hot weather, older people need to be extra cautious and make a few adjustments to their usual routine to avoid illness.”