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Homecare Professionals Provide Tips To Help Reduce Dehydration In Seniors

May 9, 2018 by Tammara LaCasse

Did you know that seniors are at a higher risk of dehydration than others? Dehydration can happen for many different reasons, for example, seniors may experience an imbalance in their electrolytes or fluid or they may have a lessened thirst sensation when they take certain prescribed medications. It is vital that you keep an eye on your loved one and make sure that they remain hydrated at all times. Homecare professionals warn that the warmer months are especially important because it is easy for a senior to start to feel overheated and dehydrated.

Homecare specialists warn that there are signs and symptoms of dehydration that will present themselves and you should look out for them. If your loved one does display any of these signs or symptoms, you should seek medical assistance for them immediately.

Some of the symptoms you should keep your eye out for include:

  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dark urine color
  • Dry skin

There are ways that you can keep your loved one hydrated and homecare professionals say the best way is by drinking plenty of fluids. Since our body is made up of 60% water, it makes sense that you need to drink a lot of water to replenish what is lost. It is possible that some seniors will not drink water because it has no taste. There are some water enhancers that can help improve the taste of the water to ensure your loved one gets enough.

In addition to water, your senior can consume hydrating foods such as:

  • Apples
  • Bell peppers
  • Watermelons
  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Cucumbers

If you are worried that your loved one is dehydrated or may become dehydrated while out and about, talk to the homecare team at Comfort Keepers today. We are prepared and ready to help your loved one stay healthy and hydrated in Boise. 

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