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Decreasing the Risk of Dehydration

Jun 29, 2018 by Alan White

The risk of dehydration is even greater for seniors than other ages, and Comfort Keepers in Gainesville, GA is dedicated to keeping your seniors loved one healthy. Imbalance in their fluid and electrolytes is common among the elderly, and they can have a hard time telling if they are thirsty due to side effects of medication. Make sure that your loved one is staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water, especially in the summer, when dehydration is more likely.

Symptoms of Dehydration

There are many common symptoms of dehydration that your loved one can exhibit. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact a doctor or seek other medical assistance.

  • Cramping

  • Dry skin

  • Drowsiness

  • Dark Urine

  • Lightheadedness

 

How to Stay Hydrated

Drinking fluids is the number one way for your loved one to stay hydrated. The human body is 60% water, so drinking a ton of water makes sense. The problem is that water lacks nutrition and flavor. Try using water enhancers or infusing water with fruit to make the water taste better for your loved one. Drinking different broths (chicken, vegetable, or beef) and eating foods that are hydrating are also good ways for your loved one to stay hydrated.

Foods That Are Hydrating

In order to prevent dehydration, encourage your loved one to eat foods that are at least 80% water, such as:

  • Tomatoes

  • Cucumbers

  • Watermelon

  • Bell Peppers

  • Grapes

  • Cantaloupes

  • Oranges

  • Blueberries

  • Apples

 

At Comfort Keepers®, we Know that you can’t always be there for your loved one, and that’s why we are here to help. Our in home caregivers, or Comfort Keepers, can ensure that your loved one is staying hydrated during the summer, along with the other seasons as well. Our Comfort Keepers will help your loved one stay hydrated by preparing hydrating foods or serving a pitcher of fruit infused water.

If you would like to learn more about how we can help prevent dehydration in your loved one, or the other in home care services that we offer, contact your local Comfort Keepers today.

References

https://medlineplus.gov/dehydration.html

 

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