As part of the aging process, adults begin to notice that their bodies are not as strong as they once were. One of the major issues that the body faces is dehydration; seniors over the age of 65 have been found to have approximately 10% less water weight than they did when they were younger because the sensation of thirst decreases as you get older.
The problem with this is that seniors who neglect to hydrate themselves may find themselves experiencing the effects of aging prematurely, thereby impairing cognitive/kidney function and causing a wide range of problems from intestinal discomfort, constipation, and incontinence.
The Signs of Dehydration
If you think somebody you know is suffering from dehydration, watch for the following signs:
- Vomiting and nausea
- Dry mouth
- Dry and loose skin
- Sudden confusion
- Concentrated Urine
- Increased heart rate
- Loss of appetite
- Forehead skin tenting
How to Prevent Dehydration
Fortunately, there are many measures caregivers from Neighborly Home Care taketo avoid the negative consequences of dehydrations:
- The easiest and most obvious way to prevent hydration involves offering fluids regularly throughout the day.
- Care workers should also ensure that fluids are readily available even when they are not around.
- Set daily landmarks of when seniors should be drinking (ie. Upon waking up, at lunch, upon arriving home… )
- Encourage seniors to drink water when taking their medication.
- Make the type of beverages that you know your patient prefers to drink.
- If seniors are incredibly sedentary, make sure that they drink at least 8 glasses a day.
All caregivers from Neighborly Home Care are certified nursing assistants or have received equivalent training and passed a nurse aid skills assessment test.
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