Many people often wonder how they can help their elderly family members live safely at home. There are a number of ways to both protect the independence of the elderly person and ensure their safety at the same time. Here are some suggestions for summer safety tips:
1. Stay hydrated! According to Dr. William Greenough of Johns Hopkins Geriatric Center, seniors have a decreased ability to conserve water, to detect their thirst, and are in need of salt and potassium supplements to replace what they lose in sweat.
2. Talk with you doctor! Be sure to check that higher summer temperatures will not affect the efficacy of any medications taken.
3. Know whom to call! Prepare a list of emergency numbers and keep it in an easily accessible area in the event that heat causes or aggravates a reaction.
4. Protect your eyes! Vision loss is all too common amongst the elderly and therefore it is even that much more important to wear proper eye gear in the sun to protect the eyes from harmful UV rays.
5. Know the risks of hyperthermia! It is extremely important to be cautious of abnormally high body temperatures. Heat stroke, for example, is an advanced form of hyperthermia and can be life threatening if not treated with medical attention immediately. Due to the fact that elderly people have more difficulty regulating their temperatures it is vital that they have access to cool places, a spot to lie down, and ice packs in the event that they experiences any of the following symptoms:
- Body temperature over 104
- Change in behavior
- Flushed skin
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid pulse and/or heavy breathing
- Not sweating in the heat
6. Apply bug spray! Dr. Factora notes that elderly persons are particularly prone to West Nile Virus and Encephalitis and benefit greatly from mosquito repellant.
7. Exercise smart! Make sure to keep track of the amount of time spent outside on outdoor activities. Do not stay out for long periods and be sure to hydrate more than usual. Lastly, avoid the sun at its peak. Exercise in the morning or later in the evening to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and less powerful sunlight.
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If you sit at a desk for hours at work or have ever felt neck or back pain after a long day the Mayo Clinic has a number of tips to make your workday less painful and more pleasurable:
- -Make sure that your chair is adjusted properly so that your feet rest firmly on the floor
- -Keep items of frequent use nearby to avoid any unnecessary movement
- -Keep your wrist relaxed and in a straight position while typing and make sure you have the mouse near to your keyboard
- -Always use a headset if you talk on the phone frequently throughout the day to avoid neck strain
- -Be aware of your posture and make sure to allow for plenty of space under your desk so that you can sit comfortably with plenty of room to change positions
- -Avoid staring too closely at the screen or any fixed object for a long period of time.
- -At the same time, however, because printed documents need more illumination than a computer screen, be weary of switching your glance from the screen to the documents. The CCOHS recommends putting a lamp near your documents.
- -Look away from the computer every so often and focus on an object in the distance.
- -Make sure you are properly trained before operating a forklift
- -Do not travel to fast
- -Ensure that the forklift is in good working order
- -Never exceed the recommended load limit
- -Be aware of any obstructions in the path of the forklift
- -Ensure that you are not blocking a fire exit
- -Stay IN the forklift in the event that it overturns
- -Make sure that all appliances are off before leaving work
- -Use only grounded appliances and be aware of any strange smell an appliance may be given off. In that event, unplug the appliance
- -Equipment may overheat and catch fire if the plugs are securely positioned in a three-prong outlet
- -Ensure that independent laboratory testing has approved all office appliances
In terms of reducing eye discomfort from staring at a screen all day, Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) also has pointers for keeping your eyes safe in front of the screen:
Warehouse safety is also of paramount concern given the substantial risks associated with work on and around forklifts and the CCOHS has a set of rules designed to minimize the amount of deaths and forklift-related injuries:
And lastly, electrical hazards are also a point of concern in the workplace and the Georgia Institute for Technology asserts that electrical equipment can be hazardous if not properly maintained:
Information provided by www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com