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Community Care Hospice

1669 Rombach Ave.
Wilmington, OH 45177
Phone: 937.382.5400
Fax: 937.383.3898

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Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice

1830 N. Limestone St.
Springfield, OH 45503
937.390.9665

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

Chapel Hill
12200 Strausser St. NW
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
330.264.4899

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

200 Timberline Dr. #1212
Marietta, OH 45750
740.629.9990

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Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691
330.264.4899

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Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

779 London Ave.
Marysville, OH 43040
937.644.1928

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.
Middletown, OH 45005
513.422.0300

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Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, OH 45420
937.256.4490
1.800.653.4490

Ohio's Hospice of Central Ohio

Newark

2269 Cherry Valley Rd.
Newark, OH 43055
740.788.1400

Inpatient Care Center

1320 West Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
740.344.0379

Ohio's Hospice of Central Ohio at
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center

410 W 10th Ave - 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43210
614.685.0001

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Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

222 N. Oakland Ave.
Washington Court House, OH 43160
740.335.0149

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Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

3230 N. Co. Rd. 25A
Troy, OH 45373
937.335.5191

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Ohio's Hospice of Morrow County

228 South St.
Mount Gilead, OH 43338
419.946.9822

Ohio's Hospice

Ohio's Hospice

Dayton

7575 Paragon Rd.
Dayton, OH 45459
937.256.4490
1.800.653.4490

Cincinnati

11013 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45249
1.800.653.4490

Tips for Caregivers: How to Keep Loved Ones Safe During the Summer

Summer is often a time to get together with friends, family and loved ones outdoors. As temperatures rise, and the sun shines bright, it is important to take the proper precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses. Individuals with pre-existing conditions, people ages 65 and older or children under 2 years old, are most at risk in hot weather.

Below are tips for you and those in your care to stay safe during the hottest times of the year:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Seniors and people with health conditions may not feel thirsty and can become easily dehydrated. Added berries, lemons or cucumbers can help make it more appealing.
  • Wear loose, lightweight clothing and a hat. Put away winter clothes so those with Alzheimer’s or dementia don’t make unseasonal and potentially dangerous choices.
  • Shield your eyes with sturdy, protective sunglasses. Many older adults experience vision loss as they age. During the summer months, the bright and direct sunlight and UV rays can take a further toll, causing problems from discomfort to lasting vision damage.
  • Check medications. Some medications make the skin extra sensitive to the sun, and sun can make side effect worse, like dehydration and muscle cramps. Medications may also need to be stored in a cool place to avoid spoiling or loss of effectiveness.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned environment. Do not only rely on fans to cool you down. Seniors and people with health conditions don’t adjust easily to changes in temperature, so keep the temperature as consistent and comfortable as possible.
  • Always wear sunscreen and stay out of direct sun. Sunburn impacts the body’s ability to cool itself.
  • Use mosquito repellent to minimize bug bites. Seniors and those with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable to mosquito-borne diseases.
  • Limit outdoor activity and exercise during the hottest times of the day, between 11 am and 3 pm.

It is also important to know if you or someone else is experiencing heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Heat exhaustion symptoms include:

  • Sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid pulse

Those feeling heat exhaustion symptoms should rest in a cool place — preferably an air-conditioned environment — and drink cool fluids, especially water. Seek medical attention if symptoms worsen or persist longer than one hour.

If someone is suffering from heat stroke, seek emergency assistance immediately. Heat stroke symptoms include:

  • A body temperature above 103 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Red and hot skin
  • No sweating even if it is hot
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness
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