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Reduce the Risk of Dehydration in Seniors

Jun 5, 2018 by Bill Mrukowski

Seniors are more at risk for becoming dehydrated for many reasons. For instance, they can have imbalances in their fluid and electrolytes, or their sense of thirst can diminish due to prescribed medications. It is important to make sure that your aging loved one is staying hydrated, especially in the warmer months of the year when it is even easier to become overheated and dehydrated.

Signs of Dehydration

There are signs and symptoms that can represent dehydration, and if you notice any of these symptoms, contact your loved one’s health care provider or seek immediate medical assistance.

  • Muscle cramps
  • Dry skin
  • Sleepiness
  • Dark Urine Color
  • Dizziness

Ways to Stay Hydrated

To make sure your loved one is staying hydrated, have them drink plenty of fluids. Because our bodies are 60% water, it makes sense to drink as much water as possible. But sometimes this can lack nutrition and flavor. There are many water enhancers available in stores, or you can create fruit-infused water for your loved ones. Your aging loved one can also stay hydrated and healthy by drinking broths (chicken, vegetable, or beef) and by eating hydrating foods.

Hydrating Foods

Hydrating foods are foods that are made up of at least 80% water, some of which include.

  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Watermelon
  • Bell Pepper
  • Grapes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Orange
  • Blueberry
  • Apple

At Comfort Keepers® we understand you can’t be there for your loved one at all times. That’s where we can help. Our compassionate, professional caregivers, called Comfort Keepers®, can provide your loved one with the assistance they need to stay hydrated in the warm months—and year round. With in-home care services our Comfort Keepers can help prepare hydrating foods or create a large pitcher of fruit-infused water for your loved one to enjoy.

Comfort Keepers of Hilliard offers expert, loving, in-home care.  Proudly serving Southwest Columbus, Ohio since 2002! Call us today for a free in-home consultation at 614-527-9999



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