Help elderly during the hot temperatures

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Residents are being urged to look out for their elderly and vulnerable neighbours during the current warm weather.

North Tyneside Council has contacted all care establishments in the borough to advise them of precautions they need to take to ensure those at risk are kept safe and well as temperatures rise.

And the local authority’s adult social care team is on high alert to ensure people are aware of the dangers.

Hot weather can cause the old and vulnerable to become more exhausted, leaving them forgetful and result in them not drinking enough water or forgetting to take their medication.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “In the hot weather it is even more important than ever to be a good neighbour to the old and vulnerable.

“Just popping in to check on those who might live alone to ensure that they are drinking plenty of water can make a real difference. Older and vulnerable people are particularly at risk of becoming overheated and dehydrated.”

In the high temperatures, older people are advised to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, apply sunscreen, stay in the shade if outside in the hottest parts of the day, and wear loose-fitting clothes.