With many older adults reducing their exercise levels, they may feel they do not have to be concerned about dehydration. But in truth, up to 31% of seniors are diagnosed with dehydration, due in part to the body’s normal aging. And the benefits of helping older adults stay hydrated are immense: fewer falls, better orthopedic rehab, and less risk of bladder cancer. Thus, when providing elderly home care to a senior, it is important to make sure the person being cared for is staying hydrated.
Help older loved ones avoid dehydration by watching for these early warning signs:
- Reduction in urine output
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Feeling thirsty
If not dealt with promptly, increased dehydration can lead to:
- Hot, dry skin – or, cold, clammy skin
- Confusion and anxiety
- Excessive sleepiness
- Rapid, weak pulse
- And eventually, loss of consciousness
During hot weather, it’s crucial to ensure your older loved ones get a fair amount of clear, uncarbonated, non-alcoholic liquids throughout the day – especially plain water. Call the physician immediately if you think your loved one might be suffering from dehydration. If you need assistance with elderly home care, Midnight Sun Home Care can provide the care needed to take care of your senior family member or loved one. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you.