OLDER people in South Gloucestershire are being advised to drink more water and stay cool during this warm summer.

With the recent weather suggesting further hot spells to come, care provider Bluebird Care have highlighted the dangers that could be faced by the more vulnerable, older members of the community.

Jack Whitfield, managing Director of Bluebird Care in South Gloucestershire, said: “Primarily, people are at a much higher risk of dehydration in the hot weather.

“The body requires considerably more fluid when the temperature rises outside, but many avoid drinking more water because going to the loo can often be a real struggle in itself, possibly resulting in incontinence.”

Also highlighting the need to drink more water, Mr Whitfield said that more trips to the toilet are necessary, if it means avoiding the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and dehydration – which can also lead to other issues, including heart problems.

He said: “UTIs can cause sudden confusion, also known as delirium, in older people and those living with dementia.

“If the person has a sudden and unexplained change in their behaviour, such as increased confusion, agitation, or withdrawal, this may be because of a UTI.

“The person may not be able to communicate how they feel, therefore it is helpful to be familiar with the symptoms of UTIs and seek medical help to ensure they get the correct treatment.”

For more information about staying cool this summer, and what dementia care and support is available locally, contact Bluebird Care on 01454 323624, email southglos@bluebirdcare.co.uk or visit their office at 82 Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury.