Staying hydrated is always key to optimal health, but it becomes even more important during the hot summer months. In order for a senior’s body to continue to function properly including keeping up a strong immune system and a proper balance of electrolytes, hydration is essential. If you are a caregiver for a senior relative, it is important to know the signs of dehydration to ensure that your relative is safe.
There are a few basic symptoms that anyone might experience when they become dehydrated. If you or the professional that offers in-home care for your relative notice these signs, it is important to act right away.
- Infrequent urination
- Low blood pressure
- Extreme fatigue
- Dry skin
- Fast heart beat
The best way to keep a senior hydrated is to encourage small sips of water throughout the day. This should be encouraged with or without the presence of thirst. When you get your relative in the habit of drinking all day, the risk of dehydration is greatly decreased. If your senior relative does not like the taste of water, you or the home health care provider can encourage the consumption of other liquids that do not contain caffeine or large amounts of sugar. In addition, soup, fruit and popsicles are also a good resource for hydration, which are sometimes easier to get down a reluctant senior.