As temperatures soar, Mills Meadow is offering advice to local people encouraging them to stay hydrated and healthy in the summer heat.
While many people are basking in the heatwave the country is currently experiencing, the home is asking people to remember that not everyone enjoys the higher temperatures. In fact, for some older people the heat can be dangerous, triggering breathing problems, heat exhaustion and dehydration.
Marie Reeve, home manager at Mills Meadow, said: “The wellbeing of older people in our home and in the wider community is important to us. It’s easy to forget that a time which is novel for most in the population can be difficult for some, so we’re encouraging the people of Framlingham to adopt and share our top tips.”
Marie added: “It is important to look out for signs of dehydration in older people, including muscle cramps in the arms, legs or stomach, mild confusion, weakness or sleep problems. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should rest in a cool place out of the sun and drink plenty of fluids, but it is important to contact a GP or the NHS 111 helpline for advice if symptoms persist or worsen. As the hot weather continues, don’t forget to pop round and see older neighbours and friends to make sure that they are OK.”