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May 24th, 2018

We’ve all been enjoying the warmer weather recently, with the first May Bank Holiday breaking records as temperatures soared.

But it is important to take precautions in hot weather, and this is advice we pass on to our team and also to our elderly clients, who can be particularly vulnerable when temperatures climb.


Tips for keeping safe in the warm weather

First, keep an eye on the weather forecasts, so you know what to prepare for if you are going to be out and about. The Met Office will raise an alert if there is a high chance that an average temperature of 30C by day and 15C overnight will occur over the following two to three days. These temperatures can have a significant effect on people’s health if they last for at least two days and the night in between.

If a heatwave arrives, then the following will help you to keep cool:

  • Keep out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, usually 11am to 3pm
  • Keep rooms cool, by closing curtains or shades
  • Take cool baths or showers and splash cold water on your face
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water or squash. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks
  • Wear loose clothing
  • If you go out, wear a sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

If you have elderly neighbours or relatives, please do pop in and check they are OK and whether they need anything. Going out in a heatwave is not advisable for them, so you may be able to assist by getting in provisions.

The NHS website has lots more information about staying safe and well in hot weather, which you can check out here.

This blog was written by Rachel Houghton, Service Manager. If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.