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Respite Care Professionals Talk About Dehydration Reduction For Seniors

May 29, 2018 by Jim McNabb

Seniors are at a higher risk of dehydration than other age groups and it is important that you monitor your loved one and make sure they consume enough liquid throughout the day. Respite care experts say that dehydration is commonly caused in seniors because they have an imbalance of electrolytes or because they have a limited thirst sensation, which can be caused from medications they may be taking.

You should always have your eye on your loved one, especially when out in the sun and bring plenty of water or other preferred liquids to consume. Seniors who do not stay hydrated can become dehydrated, but respite care teams warn that they can also suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Below, we will talk about some of the different signs and symptoms to look for as these indicate your loved one is dehydrated. If you notice any of these signs, seek medical treatment. Symptoms include:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Dark urine color
  • Sleepiness
  • Dry skin

Respite care workers recommend water as the hydration method for your loved one, but if they are not too keen on water due to the lack of flavor, there are water enhancers on the market that allow you to add flavor to the drink, which makes it taste better for many seniors.

If your loved one will not drink water, even with the enhancers, you can make sure that they consume enough foods with water in them such as:

  • Blueberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
  • Bell peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Apples

If you think that your loved one may be dehydrated or that they may become dehydrated while away from their home, it is time for you to get in touch with our respite care team and allow us to help keep your loved one hydrated throughout the day. Call Comfort Keepers at your convenience to learn more.

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