Seniors often have a reduced thirst sensation ora decrease in kidney function, and certain medications can diminish thirst and increase sweating. Knowing this, how can caregivers effectively prevent seniors from becoming dehydrated? The staff at Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of Anchorage home care, offers these tips for helping your senior loved one stay hydrated.
Offer Fluids Often
Seniors with a decreased sensation for thirst may not even know they are thirsty. Keeping a glass of water by your loved one’s chair or bedside can make it easier to access fluids. If he or she is ill, the body may lose too much fluid and require replenishment due to diarrhea, vomiting, or a high fever. Be aware of dehydration symptoms, including confusion, dizziness, headaches, low blood pressure, decreased urine output, constipation, and a dry mouth.
Know Which Medications Cause Dehydration
Be aware of the side effects for the drugs your loved one has been prescribed. Diuretics, antihistamines, certain blood pressure medications, and laxatives may all lead to him or her becoming dehydrated through an increased urine output, diarrhea, or vomiting. Increased fluid intake is recommended when taking any medication with these side effects.
Hydrate with Foods
Fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as cucumbers, lettuce, watermelon, and strawberries, can be very hydrating. In addition, yogurt, kefir and cooked beans are non-produce options that promote hydration.Oftentimes, seniors have decreased hunger, but offering calorie-rich beverages like fruit smoothies and protein shakes can provide nutrition and liquids while hydrating.
Keeping your loved one hydrated not only promotes his or her overall health, but can also prevent further complications such as kidney failure, cerebral edema, and seizures. A professional caregiver can help your loved one with grocery shopping and meal prep, ensuring he or she has the means to stay hydrated and healthy. For hourly care Anchorage families trust, turn to Home Care Assistance. All of our senior care services are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and we’ll never ask you to sign a long-term contract. Call a knowledgeable Care Manager today at (907) 770-0907 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.