If your loved one is living with COPD, extreme heat can be downright dangerous. Not only does it exacerbate their condition, it can also turn fatal. However, by taking the correct precautions, you can help your loved one beat the heat and stay healthy for the remainder of the summer. Choice Health Management Services has these tips for you:
- Help them stay inside as much as possible, especially on the days where the heat and the humidity are at their most extreme. If they don’t have air conditioning, then go someplace that does during the hottest part of the day (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Places such as the mall or the public library are good spots to take refuge in. Their community may have a senior center for them to stay at as well.
- If your loved one must be outside, help them concentrate their activities during the morning or evening, when the sun is less intense. Make sure they take plenty of breaks where they’re sitting in the air conditioning for a while.
- Make sure they drink lots of water. This is important in helping thin the mucous, which helps ease COPD symptoms. They should also avoid sugary and alcoholic drinks, as these can lead to dehydration.
- Invest in a dehumidifier—in fact, have several throughout the house. Like the old saying goes, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” While we don’t completely agree with that—heat is bad for COPD—relieving those awful symptoms that come with humidity can go a long way to helping them feel better.
Overall, managing your loved one’s COPD symptoms on a hot day all comes down to taking it easy. It’s not worth it to end up in the hospital because they overexerted themselves too hard. Choice Health Management Services has facilities throughout North Carolina and helps residents manage the heat on a daily basis. If you have questions about how residents are cared for in extreme heat, reach out to us today!