Hot weather brings a variety of challenges for caregivers. This inservice gives an overview of heat-related illnesses and provides information on summer weather terminology, such as the Heat Index and the UV Index. It also gives tips for helping clients deal with the heat (including some special tips for home health clients). For caregivers who depend on a car to get to work and/or clients’ homes, there are tips on summer car care and summer driving safety. A perfect inservice to get nursing aides (and their clients) through the hot weather!
Discuss why sick and/or older adults are at greater risk for heat-related illnesses.
Describe the symptoms of at least three common heat-related illnesses.
Define summer weather terms and demonstrate how to use the Heat Index.
List at least four ways to stay safe on the roads during the summer months.
Demonstrate your understanding of heat-related illnesses during your daily work with your clients.