Carers – Advice in Hot Weather

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Carers’ Hot weather Advice

As the heatwave in Norfolk continues, carers are being advised to take steps to avoid dehydration and heatstroke in anybody they are looking after who is elderly or who has heart, breathing or mobility problems.

Norfolk Carers has teamed up with pharmacies as part of  our “Carer Friendly” pharmacy initiative, to advise carers, anybody looking after someone who is ill, frail or who has a disability, mental health condition or addiction, to take steps to avoid dehydration or heatstroke in anybody who may be at risk, and to watch out for any signs of heat-related illness.”

Balazs Varadi, Pharmacist from Total Health Pharmacy in Watton, says:

“Hydration is very important for anybody who may be vulnerable to the heat; people need to drink much more than usual; not too much tea or coffee or sugary drinks, just plain tap or mineral water.  We also advise staying indoors between 11am and 3pm and if somebody does have to go out, to wear a hat, sunglasses and to use sun protection.”

Pharmacies can deliver medication to someone’s home, if they need to avoid going out.  We also offer a range of sun protection, sunburn relief and other products that can help.  If somebody vulnerable feels the effect of heat whilst out and about, most pharmacies can offer a cool place to sit for a moment to recover with a glass of water if necessary.”

 

According to NHS Choices, people at risk in hot weather include:

  • older people, especially those over 75
  • people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems
  • people with mobility problems – for example, people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke
  • people with serious mental health problems
  • people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
  • people who misuse alcohol or drugs

The NHS advises carers to seek help from a GP or contact NHS 111 if someone is feeling unwell and shows symptoms of:

  • breathlessness
  • chest pain
  • confusion
  • intense thirst
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • cramps which get worse or don’t go away

More information on coping in hot weather is available from pharmacies in Norfolk and the NHS Choices website http:/www.nhs.uk.    Norfolk Carers provides information, advice and support to unpaid carers.  The Advice Line is 0808 808 9876 and information is also available on-line:  www.norfolkcarers.org.uk   Facebook: NorfolkCarersUK; Twitter @NorfolkCarersUK.

 

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