The recent hot weather has all the hallmarks of a scorching hot summer ahead! Whilst this is a real treat, it also brings with it a number of dangers for the more vulnerable and older members of our community.
Jack Whitfield, Managing Director of Bluebird Care in the local area, said:
“Primarily, people are at a much higher risk of dehydration in the hot weather. The body requires considerably more fluid when the temperature rises outside, but many avoid drinking more water because going to the loo can often be a real struggle in itself, possibly resulting in incontinence.”
It is extremely important to drink more water – even if it means more trips to the lavatory, as dehydration is a major cause of urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Bluebird Care is a local provider of care in the home. They specialise in working with customers who suffer from dementia, physical and learning disabilities, and work alongside their families, social services, GPs and Clinical Commissioning Groups to ensure each person receives the care they need.
Jack added: “UTIs can cause sudden confusion, also known as delirium, in older people and those living with dementia. If the person has a sudden and unexplained change in their behaviour, such as increased confusion, agitation, or withdrawal, this may be because of a UTI.
The person may not be able to communicate how they feel, therefore it is helpful to be familiar with the symptoms of UTIs and seek medical help to ensure they get the correct treatment.
Here at Bluebird Care we not only work with those who live with the condition, but we are also keen to offer preventative advice too.”
Dehydration can also increase the risks of a number of other issues, including heart problems.
Over the next few weeks households across Bristol and South Gloucestershire will be receiving information from Bluebird Care about services they provide to people at home – particularly those who might be at risk in the hotter weather.