Don't miss a story sign up to Exmouth Journal's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Plea to look out for elderly in hot weather

11:36 08 August 2014

Exmouth

Exmouth

Archant

A Budleigh care provider is urging people to look out for their elderly neighbours in hot weather.

Mark McGlade of Home Instead Exeter and East Devon highlighted the issue after he was forced to shimmy through an upstairs window to help a woman suffering from heat exhaustion.

Mark says he was driving through Budleigh when he came across the woman outside her home.

He said: “When I came across the elderly lady I found out that she was locked out and had been standing there for nearly four hours in the sweltering heat with no shade or water and was quite obviously distressed.

“Not only was she sweating but she was confused and completely exhausted – classic symptoms associated with dehydration and heat exhaustion.

“I took her to my air-conditioned car and gave her a bottle of water before trying to get back into her home.

“When I had no luck I used the lady’s ladder, and with her permission I resorted to climbing in an upstairs open window. Once we were both in the house I made sure the lady was comfy and gave her several glasses of water, a large mug of tea and a sandwich.

“I also cooled down the house by opening all the windows and closing the curtains and reported her condition to the local GP surgery, who organised for a community nurse to come and check on her.

“I called the lady the next day to make sure she was feeling better and she couldn’t thank me enough.”

“Although this is an unusual example of the effects of heat, we’re calling for people across local communities to be extra vigilant about the wellbeing of their elderly neighbours, especially at this time of year.”

Home Instead says that just as people are aware to check on people in cold weather, they should also bear in mind the risks of heat, with dementia patients most at risk as they can forget to do simple things like eat and drink.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

12:30
Draft plan showing how the redevelopment of the former Rolle College playing fields could look.

Plans for homes and renovated football pitches in Exmouth have been backed by planners.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:53
EDDC logo

‘We are not immune to this sort of issue in our community’

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

Exmouth Beach Rescue Club is gearing up to host the Surf Life Saving GB National Surf Championships for the third successive year.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:40
0628 - Manor Gardens is a proud recipient of the prestigious Green Flag Award – Front row on left:  Jane Nicholls EDDC Parks and Open Spaces Improvement Officer), on right Ann Wheeler Exmouth in Bloom. Back row from left: Paul Marchant Streetscene Operative, Mike Wheeler Exmouth in Bloom, Councillor Steve Gazzard (Exmouth Withycombe Raleigh ward member), Councillor Iain Chubb (EDDC Portfolio holder for the Environment), Mike Vine (EDDC Parks and Open Spaces Improvement Officer), Councillor Pat Graham (Exmouth Town ward member and Exmouth in Bloom), Councillor Bill Nash (Exmouth Town ward member).

Exmouth’s Manor Gardens is named as one of the best public green spaces in the UK as it scoops a Green Flag award for the 12th year in a row

Read more
Yesterday, 11:35
Gary Holcombe took this shots of Exmouth beach last night which was cordoned off while officials checked out reports of an exploding bomb. Credit: Gary Holcombe

The bomb squad was called to Exmouth after reports of an unexploded device on the beach.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:52
Walking with a dog on a lead

A national search for worst behaved dog reaches Exmouth; the winning pooch will receive free training.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
Paralympian David Hill. Picture credit British Triathlon.

An Exmouth athlete will be returning to the biggest stage in sport when he competes at the Paralympic Games in Rio.

Read more
Thu, 16:17
Estate agent giving house key

Bystock Court, Exmouth, has been put on the market for £1.9million

Read more
Thu, 12:30
police

Disabled holidaymakers caravanning in Exmouth were forced to cut short their visits when they became frightened by youths throwing stones.

Read more
Thu, 09:49

Fire crews were called out in the early hours of this morning to a shed fire in Woodbury Salterton.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications