Adult Protective Services Stepping Up to Help the Elderly in the Extreme Heat
The sweltering heat that is hitting Texoma is expected to continue into the weekend. With these extreme temperatures well into triple digits, the elderly in our communities are at high risk.
Adult Protective Services in Texoma have case workers on call around the clock 24 hours a day. Officials say they are doing everything, but they also need the community's help.
The scorching Texas sun is not going anywhere and the forecast is predicting triple digits throughout this weekend.
Christy Skelton, Supervisor of the Adult Protective Services in Wichita Falls, says this is a very dangerous time for the elderly. She also says there are still quite a few people around town that do not have air conditioners in their homes and APS officials are trying to get there as soon as possible, to alleviate those issue.
Skelton says in the recent weeks she's received a high volume of calls regarding the elderly being affected by the heat. Adult Protective Services also have received a lot of calls from people who need help paying their electric bill.
Adult Protective Services has case workers on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week and their clients currently on their case load are visited once a month.
Officials say that is not enough, they need the community's help.
During the summer months, case workers bring their clients information about how to stay safe in the summer heat with tips on how to stay healthy.
What you can do if you are an adult who is elderly or has disabilities:
If possible, stay in an air-conditioned area, either at home or in a public place such as a mall, library, or recreation center. If air conditioning is not available, pull shades over the windows and use cross-ventilation and fans to cool rooms.
Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid drinks with alcohol, caffeine, or a lot of sugar. Don't wait until you are thirsty.
Start drinking fluids at least 30 minutes before going out.
Plan strenuous outdoor activity for early morning or evening when the temperature is lower.
Take frequent breaks when working outside.
Wear sunscreen spf 15 or higher, wide-brimmed hats, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.
Eat more frequently, but be sure meals are well balanced, cool, and light.
What you can do to help protect adults who are elderly or have disabilities:
Visit them at least twice a day and watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Take them to air-conditioned locations if they have transportation problems.
Make sure they have access to an electric fan whenever possible.
Many APS offices have organized resource rooms to distribute items to the elderly such as donated fans. To find out how you can help, contact the DFPS volunteer services coordinator nearest you – a list is available at www.volunteerdfps.org
To contact adult protective services call their hotline at 1-800-252-5400