Heatwaves are back once again. While we have no control over Mother Nature, you can help your loved one get through these intense heat periods.
Older people take longer to feel thirst and are more vulnerable to dehydration. - Dre Diana Cruz, physician at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal.
When the weather is hot, pay special attention to the following signs:
If in doubt about the need to seek medical attention, do not hesitate to call 811.
Heat stroke is a medical emergency. If your loved one has an elevated body temperature, is unconscious, confused or perspiring abundantly, call 911 without delay and follow the instructions given by the dispatcher while waiting for the paramedics.
While wearing a mask during a heat wave may feel uncomfortable, its usage remains of paramount importance when going in public places or visiting your loved one. Moreover, basic hygiene rules must be respected at all time – maintain a physical distance of two meters between you and others and wash your hands regularly.
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