Caregiving

Everyday tips to make your life less stressful and more enjoyable as a caregiver.

Keeping Cool

Keeping Cool

by TEAM ALZLIVE
Administrator

Tips for keeping cool:

  • Encourage your loved one to drink more fluids than usual, but avoid tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid the outdoors during the hottest times of day (from 11 am to 4 pm). Drive as close as possible to the doors of buildings you are travelling to in order to avoid long walks in the heat. If you do go outside, find a cool, shady spot to rest in.
  • Make sure the person is dressed in lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes. Try to stick to natural fibres like cotton. Use hats and umbrellas outside.
  • Use air conditioning, or frequent air conditioned public spaces like malls or libraries if your homes do not have it.
  • Stick to light meals and don’t use the oven or stove if possible.
  • Check in several times a day—or get friends or neighbors to stop by—particularly if the person lives alone. If they lack transportation, make sure there is someone to take the person to appointments, for groceries, etc.
  • Monitor your loved one: remember that they may not be able to tell when they are becoming over-heated, or may not be able to express their discomfort.
  • Keep bedding light and clean, particularly if a person is bedridden. A bed frame can also help circulate air underneath the bed.

 

Don’t know where to turn? We have quick tips

Beef Up Calories

Preventing Agitation

False Accusations of Theft

“I want to go home”



About the author

Team AlzLive

Read All Articles by Team Read More Read Less

You might also enjoy:

Beef Up Calories

Beefing up calories, for those in later stages of Alzheimer's. Use cream to add calories, fat and vitamins…

Dignity and caregiving

How many times has a health care professional walked into a room without knocking on the door first?…

Working as a family team in support of an aging relative

In terms of caregiving, most of the articles available discuss the “caregiver”, that is, the singular…

The Key to Conflict Resolution

My friend told me a story about how, during one evening’s bedtime rituals with her kids, she completely…

comments powered by Disqus