The manager of a care home in Ilkeston is today urging older people living alone in the community to take extra care in the hot weather.
Julie McLean, from Anchor’s Victoria Court in Nesfield Road has offered advice as temperatures expected to soar across the country.
Staff at the care home will be taking extra steps to ensure that the residents are staying cool and keeping hydrated in the heat.
Julie said risks of dehydration and heat stroke among older people are high in the hot weather.
She said: “Anchor is urging the wider community to keep a close eye on elderly neighbours and their older relatives who may live alone and are more vulnerable in the heat.
“We recommend older people stay hydrated and keep out of the sunlight as much as possible. In these temperatures it’s important to avoid caffeinated drinks as they are dehydrating. Drink plenty of cold fluids like water and fruit juices.
“Try to avoid hot meals where possible and instead eat salads and fruit, as these foods are water based so will help you stay hydrated.”