Caring for clients in the summer

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Posted by Eva Owens

Every season brings its delights and challenges with home care clients. Here are a few tips to stay safe and positive this summer.

Be thoughtful about time in the sun

When you and your client are out in the sun, have them wear clothing and hats that protect as much skin as possible. Sunglasses are important too. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and reapply every 2 hours. And, if possible, seek shade, especially between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Stay hydrated

Even if a client is just sitting on a porch, it’s important to drink enough water so that their body has what it needs to function properly and stay healthy. Some signs that your client may be dehydrated are dry mouth or lips, headaches, flushed skin, fatigue, dizziness or dark urine.

Some easy ways to make sure your client drinks enough water are pairing drinking water with regular activities. Going to the bathroom? Taking medications? Have a glass of water before or after. They can also benefit from eating fresh fruit, and drinking water that is naturally flavored with a lemon, cucumber, orange wedge or other fruits.

Getting out of the heat

If your client’s home does not have air conditioning, plan trips to places that do. Some ideas include going to a movie, visiting a library, or visiting their friends or family who *do* have access to air conditioning.

Double-check medications

Some medications interact differently with prolonged exposure to the heat or sun. Check the label or call a pharmacist if you are unsure.

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