Nursing News

Amy Waller, RN, Director of Nursing

Summer weather is finally here.  Though the heat and sun can be fun and relaxing, it can also be dangerous if you are not prepared.  During warmer weather the elderly are more susceptible to dehydration.  As we age, we lose the ability to conserve water, do not recognize thirst sensations, and have difficulty adjusting to temperature changes.

These changes that occur with age put the elderly population at risk for hyperthermia.  This is a condition that occurs when the body temperatures are abnormally high.  Some symptoms of hyperthermia are a body temperature greater than 104 degrees, a change in behavior, dry or flushed skin, nausea and vomiting, headache, heavy breathing, rapid pulse, not sweating, and fainting.  Seek immediate medical attention if you or someone you know have these symptoms.

Here are some tips to stay safe in the sun!

  • Stay Hydrated and drink water often.
  • Keep Cool.
  • Wear loose fitting and breathable clothes.
  • Protect your eyes.
  • Use sunblock and wear a hat.

It is also a good idea to limit your time outdoors on hot days and make sure you know a cool place to go and relax.  If you have any questions or would like more information of summer safety, please stop by the office.

From all of us at Mill Valley Care Center, have a fun a safe summer!

Amy Waller, RN