Quiz Answers | Iowa Poison Control Center - Regency Square Care Center

Mar 21, 2019

About the Iowa Poison Control Center

Welcome to the Quiz Answers page of the Iowa Poison Control Center available at Regency Square Care Center. As a leading provider in Health - Geriatric and Aging Care, we understand the importance of summer safety for the elderly. It is crucial to take necessary precautions and stay informed about various potential hazards that can affect the well-being of seniors during the summer season.

Summer Safety Quiz Answers

Stay ahead in ensuring the safety and health of your loved ones by checking the answers to our Summer Safety Quiz. Here are some helpful insights to minimize potential risks and prevent accidents:

1. What temperature should you keep your home at during hot weather?

The ideal temperature to maintain in your home during hot weather is between 75 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature range ensures comfort and minimizes the risk of dehydration and heatstroke among seniors.

2. How often should you check on elderly neighbors during heatwaves?

It is crucial to check on elderly neighbors at least twice a day during heatwaves. Regularly assessing their well-being, offering assistance, and ensuring they have access to necessary resources can prevent emergencies and provide them with the care they need.

3. What are the key symptoms of heatstroke?

Heatstroke can have severe consequences, especially for older adults. Common symptoms include high body temperature (>103°F), rapid pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and even loss of consciousness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately.

4. How can you prevent dehydration in older adults during summer?

Preventing dehydration is essential, as it can lead to various health issues among older adults. Encourage seniors to drink plenty of fluids, such as water and fruit juices, throughout the day. Additionally, remind them to avoid excessive amounts of caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, as these can contribute to dehydration.

5. What precautions should be taken to avoid mosquito bites?

Mosquito bites can not only be irritating but also pose the risk of diseases such as West Nile virus and Zika virus. Use mosquito repellents containing DEET, wear long-sleeved clothing, and install window screens to minimize exposure. Remove stagnant water sources, such as birdbaths or containers, to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.

6. How can you protect older adults from sunburn?

Sunburn can cause discomfort and increase the risk of skin cancer. Encourage the use of broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. It is important to apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours, especially if there is excessive sweating or swimming involved. Promote wearing protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses when spending time outdoors.

7. What should you do in case of a medication error?

In the event of a medication error, immediately contact the Iowa Poison Control Center at the provided hotline number to seek expert guidance. It is crucial to always keep medications properly labeled and stored in a safe and easily accessible place to prevent any possible errors.

8. How can you reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses during summer?

Food safety is vital during the summer months. Ensure proper refrigeration of perishable foods, such as meats and dairy products. Keep raw meats separate from other foods, and use a food thermometer to ensure proper cooking temperatures. Always wash hands thoroughly before handling food and encourage proper hygiene practices when preparing meals.


At Regency Square Care Center, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our residents and the elderly community as a whole. By adopting these summer safety measures and staying informed, we can collectively ensure a happy and healthy summer season for all. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team at Regency Square Care Center or contact the Iowa Poison Control Center directly. Stay safe and enjoy the summer!

Carlo Ambito
This is such a helpful resource! It's crucial to prioritize the safety of our elderly loved ones during the summer months. Staying informed about potential hazards and taking necessary precautions is a must. Thank you for providing this valuable information!
Nov 11, 2023
Tommy Mahan
Great resource for staying informed about potential hazards and ensuring summer safety for the elderly!
Oct 12, 2023