Caring for the vulnerable during and after a heatwave

The Met Office has issued an Amber weather warning of extreme heat. Please take care

Published on 10/08/2022 in News

Many parts of the UK are currently experiencing very high temperatures. To support care professionals with keeping those they care for safe and comfortable during the hot weather, the UK Health Security Agency provides two factsheets based on the Government’s Heatwave Plan, along with recommendations from the World Health Organisation. 

There is a factsheet for carers and managers in residential care homes, as well as a version for health and social care professionals.  

Both factsheets contain detailed information on: 

  • the types of health conditions and medications that can make people more vulnerable to the effects of heat 
  • advice on building ventilation and the use of fans 
  • information about what to do in an emergency if you suspect someone is suffering from heatstroke
  • more general recommendations for keeping everyone comfortable and hydrated during hot weather

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the high quality care and support you continue to provide to Sutton’s most vulnerable residents during the current heatwave. As a council we are keen to understand the additional challenges that the extreme high temperatures present to delivering care and where possible identify what support can be made available. Please contact us at [email protected]

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