Improving hydration can bring well-being and better quality of life for older adults, allow reduced use of medication and prevent illness. It is therefore key to keep an eye on it and make sure older adults are drinking enough.

Let me bring you through a few signs to look at to detect and dehydration, before sharing with you my best tips to avoid it!

Easy signs to detect severe dehydration

‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Not peeing or having very dark yellow urine
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Increased thirst and a dry or sticky mouth
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Dry eyes or blurred vision
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Very dry skin
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Headaches or disorientation
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Feeling dizzy
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Rapid heartbeat
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Rapid breathing
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Sleepiness, lack of energy, confusion or irritability
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Fainting
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Fever

Tips in preventing dehydration

‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Older adults should drink throughout the day, rather than consuming a large amount of fluids all at once
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Leave a drink out for them and keep a fresh cup of water at the bedside table
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Ensure the cup is within the older persons reach
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Avoid caffeine and alcohol
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Find a beverage they enjoy
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Incorporate foods high in water content (e.g. watermelon) in daily activities
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Make drinks more appealing by using lemonade jugs and glasses
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Have the Dietitian re-evaluate the older adult on fluid restrictions. He/she can make recommendations, if appropriate, to liberalize the restriction
‚ÄĘ ¬† ¬†Provide the older adult with information about the importance of adequate hydration.

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With love and Care,
Tracey

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