Are You Doing What You Should When Checking in on the Elderly

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With temperatures staying in the 90s over the past couple of weeks it appears to be staying that way...

News 13's Justin Roth spoke to some health care professionals to hear how family members should prepare their older loved ones for the heat.

They're your mom, dad, grandma, and grandpa. But when temperatures become too extreme it's important to take safety measures for your older relatives.

"I encourage checking in at least once a day to make sure that they're comfortable have the supplies they need. And that way you can make sure they're air conditioning is working." says Angela Snidow a Health Services Coordinator at Garden View Retirement Home

Air conditioning units sometimes break when over used in the summer, and seniors citizens don't always take the appropriate measures to get them fixed.

"The first thing they need to do is tell someone and tell someone immediately whether it's a loved one or call somebody like a service repair man who can come and do it." says Nicolett Hanson the Director of Nursing at Primrose Retirement Community

Senior citizens don't tolerate temperatures changes as fast as younger people so family members should check their loved ones as often as possible during extreme heat.

"I encourage family members to call their loved ones but I also encourage loved ones to get in touch with neighbors to become friends of the people that surround and see their loved ones during the day" said Hanson.

Elderly residents usually need to hydrate more often than others... So family members should make sure they are drinking water throughout the day.

Snidow says, just knowing the signs is important.

"If you start to notice lots of flushing or sweating, shade is really good to go and find, take a break, limit your time outside."

One last tip...they should not layer up and wear lighter colored clothes during these extreme temperatures.

Hanson also suggests that if your loved ones live on their own ...investing in home emergency devices like life-alert are smart choices.