Look after older people in the heatwave, charity urges

Older people’s charity the Royal Voluntary Service is urging people to keep an eye on their elderly neighbours to make sure they are happy, healthy during hot weather.

Extreme temperatures can be particularly dangerous for older people; sustained hot weather can trigger health problems unless care is taken to keep cool.

Royal Voluntary Service volunteers will continue to make sure older people who use services such as meals on wheels stay well, but with families leaving the country for summer holidays, the charity is encouraging people to make sure older people are coping with the heat.

David McCullough, Royal Voluntary Service chief executive, said: “It can be easy to forget that a heatwave can affect some older people very badly. Volunteers do everything possible to make sure that the older people who use our services stay well, but we are calling on the public to make sure older friends and neighbours are coping.

“Simple steps such as sipping cold drinks rather than a usual cup of tea, and staying inside during the hottest part of the day, can make a big difference.”

To find out more about keeping cool and healthy during hot weather, visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/keepcool