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In Home Health Care Teams Talk Dehydration Reduction In Seniors

May 8, 2018 by Garrett Hafler

Many people do not know this, but seniors are at an increased rate of dehydration over others. This is because it can happen for several reasons. First, your loved one may be taking medications that diminish their thirst sensation and they may forget that they need to drink because they do not feel thirsty. Secondly, your loved one may have an imbalance in electrolytes, which can lead to dehydration too. In home health care providers say you should keep a close eye on your loved one to ensure they are always remaining hydrated. The warmer months can be very difficult because seniors dehydrate quicker and can suffer from heat exhaustion.

In home health care providers warn that there are signs of dehydration that will present themselves before your loved one becomes too dehydrated. If you notice these symptoms, you should seek medical care immediately for your senior.

Some of those symptoms include:

  • Dry skin
  • Dizziness
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Sleepiness
  • Muscle cramps

There are many different ways that you can keep your loved one hydrated and the most common and suggested method is through water. In home health care teams want you to know that there are water enhancers available should you run into the problem that your loved one does not like the taste of plain water. Whether at home or out and about, you should monitor your loved one’s overall liquid intake to ensure they receive enough water.

In addition to water, your loved one can consume foods high in water content such as:

  • Blueberries
  • Apples
  • Watermelon
  • Bell peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers

If you are worried that your loved one may not be drinking enough throughout the day, the in home health care team at Comfort Keepers can help. Give us a call at your convenience and we can discuss our care plans with you. 

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