Dealing With Heat When the Power Goes Out

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With many areas in the U.S. experiencing brutal heat, officials are urging families to keep a close eye on elderly relatives. There have been several heat-related deaths. One of the things that can keep a senior cool is air conditioning. What happens if the power goes out? Here are some tips that can help your mom and dad stay cool if there’s no power.


Senior Care in Deerfield Beach FL: Heat and Power Outage

Senior Care in Deerfield Beach FL: Heat and Power Outage

Shut the House Up

You want to trap the cooler air while it’s still cooler. As soon as the power goes out, shut all blinds and curtains. If there are windows without curtains, such as on a front door, use painter’s tape and put paper or cardboard over the window to block out the sun.

Eventually, the sun may warm the house up. The hope is that power is restored before that happens. If not, windows may need to be opened to allow air to flow through the house.

Dampen Clothes and Wear Them

Keeping the body temperature down is essential. Damp clothes make this possible. Dampen a t-shirt in the sink. Have your parents wear the damp t-shirt. As it dries out, it can get dampened again. This does help keep the body cooler when the heat is unbearable.

Head to a Basement

If your parents have a basement, it may be cooler down there. It may not smell great as basements can get musty, but it’s better dealing with odors than overheating. Canvas camping chairs are lightweight and easy to bring to the basement for seating.

Lay Low

Even with some cooler air trapped in the home or while staying in the basement, your parents shouldn’t be overly active. They should use the power outage to lay low. Sit and read a book or work on a puzzle together. They want to keep their activities to a minimum to help keep the body temperature lower. If they’re active, the heart will work harder to circulate the blood to push it to the surface of the skin to cool it off.

Make sure that you or someone you trust are checking on your parents each day. See that they have plenty to drink and foods that can be made without power. Bread, peanut butter, honey, and jelly are items that can be made into sandwiches without needing refrigeration.

If you live too far away and don’t know your parents’ neighbors, call an elderly care agency. You can employ caregivers to check in on your parents. Caregivers visit as often as you want and help with laundry, housework, meals, socialization, and transportation. Call today to learn more.

If you or a family member are in need of Senior Care in Deerfield Beach, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.

Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.

About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.