You’ve probably heard that you are supposed to drink 8 cups of water every day.
Do you? If you’re like many people, you probably don’t. If you don’t, what are the chances your aging relative is getting enough liquids?
Many older adults purposely avoid drinking because it causes them to have to get up and use the bathroom more often, which can be difficult if they have mobility problems.
The problem is, not getting enough liquids can lead to dehydration, a condition seniors are especially susceptible to. Age-related changes can cause older adults not to feel thirst the same way they did when they were younger. Because dehydration is a common occurrence in older adults, knowing the signs of dehydration is an important part of keeping them healthy.
In addition to simply not drinking enough, dehydration can also be caused by things that make the body lose fluids faster than they are replaced, such as:
People with diabetes that is not controlled may also become dehydrated because of increased urination. If your aging relative has diabetes, keep an eye on how often they urinate and make sure they are drinking enough water.
The first signs of dehydration include:
- Feeling thirsty.
- A mouth that is dry or sticky feeling.
- Decreased urination.
- Urine that is dark yellow.
- Skin that feels dry and cool to the touch.
- Muscle cramps.
- As dehydration worsens, these symptoms may appear:
- Lack of urination or even darker urine.
- Skin that feels very dry.
- Increased heart rate.
- Fast breathing.
- Eyes that appear sunken.
- Feeling sleepy or lacking energy.
How Elder Care Can Prevent Dehydration
Because seniors dehydrate more easily, they may need some extra help to get enough fluids. Elder care providers can help them to stay hydrated in several ways, including:
-Reminders: Sometimes seniors just need to be reminded to have a glass of water.
Elder care providers can keep an eye on how much they are drinking and bring them glasses of water throughout the day.
-Offer Other Liquids: Liquids don’t always have to be water. In fact, some people get tired of drinking water all the time. An elder care provider can make tea, infused water, lemonade, or other drinks for your loved one.
-Serve Foods High in Liquids: The liquids in foods also count toward fluid intake. Elder care providers can serve foods that contain liquids, like soup, popsicles, and smoothies.
In addition to helping prevent dehydration, elder care providers can do lots of other things for your aging relative, too. Elder care providers can assist them with dressing, bathing, and using the bathroom. They can also do things like cook, clean, provide transportation, and many other things.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elderly Care in Berkeley, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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