Red Cross offers telephone follow-up to 600 seniors

Red Cross offers telephone follow-up to 600 seniors
Red Cross offers telephone follow-up to 600 seniors

The Red Cross is launching its campaign ‘On guard against heat’ to prepare, raise awareness and protect the population, with special attention to the most vulnerable groups, against the dangers of heat waves affecting Spain. As a result, 597 people over 65 years of age in Valladolid will benefit from this campaign, which will be active until 31 August, to reinforce knowledge about behaviours and habits that contribute to preventing the adverse effects of high temperatures, through a telephone information service attended by volunteers.

The calls are made from the Red Cross Contact Centre in Valladolid, which has a database of these people in which information is stored about those who require special attention due to their risk, illness or vulnerability. Through this campaign, basic information is not only provided on how to deal with high temperatures, avoiding health risks, but also to detect possible cases of discomfort due to high temperatures and, if necessary, to activate the emergency services.

The content is related to hydration, nutrition and risk prevention during the hours when the highest temperatures are recorded. For example, very simple guidelines are provided, such as: drink plenty of fluids, cool down constantly, wear light and light-coloured clothing, wear comfortable and breathable footwear, eat light (fruit, vegetables and juices), use a fan and a hat, etc.

The Red Cross noted that 2023 was the hottest year on record, with deadly heatwaves around the world showing that anyone can be at risk from extreme heat, although its impact disproportionately affects the most vulnerable people. “Heat can be life-threatening and its effects, which can be prevented with simple, low-cost actions, should not be underestimated. People most at risk from heat are young children, older people, people with chronic health conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and mental health problems), people who work outdoors and people living in isolation,” it added.

With this campaign, the association promotes active prevention, constant awareness, shared responsibility and resilience to face the challenges of extreme heat. It emphasizes prevention through hydration, wearing light clothing and avoiding sun exposure during the hottest hours as essential keys to avoiding heat stroke before its first symptoms appear. It also reminds us of the importance of always staying alert to the risks of heat to protect especially people in vulnerable situations, such as children and the elderly, and emphasizes our individual responsibility to protect each other and help those close to us stay safe. The Red Cross campaign does not forget resilience and adaptation, highlighting that with preparation we can better face the challenges of extreme heat and minimize its negative effects.

The Red Cross also invites citizens to participate in information and awareness-raising activities, workshops with organised groups of participants, and distribution of information and awareness-raising material that will be deployed on public roads in the different territorial areas.

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