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Senior Care Services Professionals Offer Tips About How To Keep The Elderly Hydrated

Jun 13, 2018 by Garrett Hafler

If you have ever wondered why it is so important for you to drink a bunch of water, it is because more than 50% of our bodies are made up of water. We lose a lot of this water through perspiration, respiration, and urination. Because of that, we need to drink water to replenish our water supply in our bodies. Senior care services professionals warn that dehydration is a serious risk in seniors and it happens all too often. There are many reasons why dehydration can occur and here are some of the most common reasons:

  • Memory problems
  • Limited mobility
  • Decreased thirst sensation
  • Limited access to clean water
  • Medications
  • Chronic urinary incontinence
  • Difficulty swallowing

Senior care services professionals want you to know that dehydration can cause UTIs and even kidney failure, so it is important that you pay attention and make sure your loved one consumes enough liquid. Below, you will find some hydration tips provided by our team.

  • Eliminate caffeinated beverages or replace them with a non-caffeinated version of them
  • Eat foods that are higher in water content such as soup, apples, watermelons, blueberries, yogurt, and cucumbers
  • Make drinking water enjoyable. You can add a water enhancer to flavor the water, offer hydrating treats, or even make frozen fruit bars
  • Keep water within arm’s reach of your loved one as a visual reminder
  • Keep a hydration schedule nearby and make sure your loved one follows it and does not rely on thirst alone as an indication to drink
  • Drink extra water when taking medications

Our senior care services are designed to assist your loved one in keeping hydrated throughout the day whether home or on the go. We can create a hydration schedule for your loved one to follow.

If you would like to learn more about our senior care services, now is the time to call Comfort Keepers

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