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Reduce the Risk of Dehydration in Seniors

Aug 15, 2017 by Comfort Keepers of Fredericksburg

Seniors are more at risk for becoming dehydrated for many reasons. They can have imbalances in their fluid and electrolytes, their sense of thirst can diminish, due to some prescribed medications or some medical conditions that affect the ability to retain fluids. It is important to make sure that your aging loved ones are staying hydrated, especially in the warmer months of the year when it is even easier to become overheated and dehydrated.

Signs of Dehydration

There are signs and symptoms that can represent dehydration and if you notice any of these symptoms contact your loved ones health care provider or seek immediate medical assistance.

  • Muscle cramps
  • Dry skin
  • Sleepiness
  • Dark Urine Color
  • Dizziness

Ways to Stay Hydrated

To make sure your loved ones are staying hydrated have then drink plenty of fluids. Because our bodies are 60% water, it makes sense to drink as much water as possible. But sometimes this can lack nutrition and flavor. There are many water enhancers available in stores, or you can create fruit infused water for your loved ones. Other ways to keep your aging loved ones hydrated and healthy is by drinking broths (chicken, vegetable, or beef) and by eating hydrating foods.

Hydrating Foods

Hydrating foods are foods that are made up of at least 80% water, some of these include.

  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Watermelon
  • Bell Pepper
  • Grapes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Orange
  • Blueberry
  • Apple

Comfort Keepers® in Fredericksburg

At Comfort Keepers® in Fredericksburg we understand you can’t be there for your loved ones at all times, that’s where we can help. Our compassionate, professional caregivers, called Comfort Keepers®, can provide your loved ones with the assistance they need to stay hydrated in the warm months—and year round. With in-home care services our Comfort Keepers can help prepare hydrating foods or create a large pitcher of fruit infused water for your loved one to enjoy.

For more information on how our caregivers can ensure your loved ones are staying hydrated, and to learn more about our other in-home care services contact us at (540) 205-8743 or click here.

References

https://medlineplus.gov/dehydration.html

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