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Supporting Vulnerable People during a Heatwave

A heatwave can affect anyone, but there are more health risks for vulnerable people. As there are more health risks when it is hot, if you are a vulnerable adult, you will need to take more precautions to keep cool and deal with the hotter temperatures.

The people who are at a higher risk during a heatwave are:

  • People who are older, especially if you are 65 years old or older.
  • Children under 5 years of age.
  • People who live on their own and may be unable to care for themselves.
  • Medical conditions including heart disease, kidney and respiratory conditions, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and many more.
  • People who take medications that can disrupt your body’s regular functions, such as the ability to sweat.
  • People who depend on others for routine activities.
  • Behavioural limitations, for example dementia, restricted mobility, or the use of alcohol or other recreational drugs.

If you are a vulnerable person, or you care for someone who is, please take a look at the below information and guidance on we have put together to help support you.

Supporting vulnerable adults in a heatwave (PDF)

Supporting vulnerable adults in a heatwave (accessible version)

Last updated: 9/5/2023