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Care Worker's Role in Taking Care of Elderly People During Heatwave

Featured News: January 30, 2019

Adelaide has surpassed its previous temperature record by raising the mercury level to 46.2 degrees, in Australia heatwave. This scorching heat is not going anywhere soon as per the latest news.    

People aged 65 years and over are more at risk of heat-related illnesses and need special care when the temperature soars. Residential care providers need to be particularly aware of the severe threats associated with extreme heat events.

With heatwaves hitting various regions of Australia, aged care workers should follow the tips below for minimising heat stress for older people.

Paying Attention to the Temperature  

Care workers have to ensure the temperature in residents’ rooms are set comfortable by keeping curtains and blinds closed to prevent excess heat. Closely monitor extra visits and Check and install air conditioners, coolers and fans in the building to avoid unnecessary departure of residents during extreme heat events, particularly in the night-time. 

Avoid Outside Exposure

It is not a good idea to stay in the sun for longer in the hot weather. Care workers need to make sure that when they are in the sun they light-weight clothes such as a shirt, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. If possible make sure older people stay more inside as sunburn will affect their body's ability to cope with the heat.

Hydration is Must

Encourage drinking water and provide them extra fluids so that they can stay hydrated during this period of hot weather. Ensure they keep drinking fluids even if they don't feel thirsty and stay away from caffeinated and hot beverages by replacing them with cool refreshing summer drinks such as iced tea, shakes, juices and ice creams as well.

Clinical Assessment

As a care worker, it is your duty to perform a clinical assessment if a care recipient shows symptoms of heat stress such as a swelling, rash, cramps, profuse sweating to very serious conditions such as severe confusion or heat stroke. If you are concerned about a care recipient's wellbeing, call for help immediately to their general practitioner.

Enable College also advises its staff and care workers to follow these precautions to protect yourself first to help your clients.   

Our Aged Care courses such as (CHC33015) Certificate III in Individual Support – Ageing, (CHC43015) Certificate IV in Ageing Support will provide you with the required qualification to perform specialised tasks in aged care services.

You can enrol online for any of the course and any enquiry call at 1300 157 750.

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