If you have an elderly relative or loved one, you should know that one of the most dangerous time for seniors is during hot summer days when they are at risk for overheating, dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Whether your loved one lives at home, at an assisted living facility, or in a nursing home, you can do your part to make certain they are safe and comfortable. Here’s how:
- Give them a call or stop by. If there’s a heat wave, check in with your loved one. Even if they live far away, give them a call if they can still communicate over the phone. Hearing them, seeing them in person, and being able to assess the situation for yourself is key.
- Ask the nursing home about their temperature control. Even before a heat wave strikes, you should be familiar with your loved one’s facilities. Do they have central air conditioning? Do they have appropriate ventilation?
- Ask the nursing home about heat wave procedures. How does your loved one’s facility react to a heat wave? Do they check patients’ hydration and provide extra fluids? Do they cancel outdoor activities? Do they provide fans and other cooling devices to residents? Do they dress patients appropriately?
- Look for signs of heat stroke. Is your loved one feeling well—or are they suffering from a headache and nausea? Is their skin hot, red, and dry? Are they acting confused or irritable? If you are concerned with his or her health, get help immediately.
If your loved one has suffered harm due to heat stroke, the nursing home that cares for them could be liable. To find out more about your possible case, contact the Kentucky nursing home abuse attorneys at Gray & White today by calling 888-450-4456.