Dehydration

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Posted: 6/25/2019 3:47 PM by Interim HealthCare
With Summer Upon us, this is the Perfect time to talk about Dehydration. Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration, and Tips to Help Older Adults stay Hydrated.
Factors that put older adults at risk include:

  • Chronic problems with urinary continence, which make older adults reluctant to drink a lot of fluids
  • Memory problems, which can cause older adults to forget to drink often, or forget to ask others for something to drink
  • Mobility problems, which can make it harder for older adults to get something to drink
  • Swallowing difficulties
The most common signs and symptoms of dehydration in an elderly include:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Headaches, dizziness, nausea
  • Forgetfulness, confusion
Less common signs:

  • Excessive loss of fluids
  • Poor intake of fluids
  • Sunken eyes, skin that lacks its normal elasticity
Tips to help Older Adults Stay Hydrated for Caregivers:

  • Offer fluids throughout the day, consider tracking intake in a journal, set up a schedule for fluid intake
  • Offer smaller quantities of fluid more often, older adults may be reluctant to drink larger quantities less often
  • Be sure to provide a beverage that is appealing to the older person
  • See if the older person seems to prefer drinking through a straw
  • Identify any continence concerns that may be making the older person reluctant to drink. Keeping a log of urination and incontinence episodes can help
  • Consider a timed toileting approach, which means helping the older person get to a bathroom on a regular schedule. This can be very helpful for people with memory problems or mobility problems
Have a Safe and Enjoyable Summer!
Barbara Willis
Human Resources

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