4 Ways to Keep Your Senior Hydrated
Interim HealthCare shares ways seniors can avoid dehydration this summer.
June 21, 2019 // Franchising.com // SUNRISE, FLA. - In honor of National Hydration Day on June 23rd and the official start of summer, Interim HealthCare Inc. uncovers why seniors become dehydrated faster than other age groups and offers up four ways to help combat this challenge.
As seniors increasingly prefer to live in hotter regions of the country, it is critical to ensure they are properly hydrated. Medical studies show that dehydration is one of the top 10 diagnoses for hospital admission of elderly people in the U.S. It’s associated with increased morbidity, and an estimated cost of 1.14 billion each year since 2016. These findings make it especially important to monitor senior’s hydration levels as temperatures rise.
The summer can be an especially dangerous time of year for older populations. Understanding why seniors become dehydrated more easily can help pinpoint solutions faster and save lives. Interim HealthCare offers four reasons seniors may be especially susceptible to dehydration and a few ways to keep hydrated this summer:
- Changing Body - As your elderly family member ages, their body works differently than it used to. As people age, their body’s ability to conserve water is reduced.
Tip: Interim HealthCare caregivers can help monitor for body changes and dehydration signs. They routinely partner with family members to share a fuller picture of water intake and help counterbalance these changes.
- Medications May Affect Hydration - Some medications for high blood pressure or other conditions can cause an older person’s body to release more water than usual.
Tip: Talk with your family member’s doctor about how medications may impact their hydration levels, so you know how to correctly manage this situation.
- Less Sensitive to Thirst Levels - A common change for aging adults is that they are less sensitive to how thirsty they are. This change can keep your elderly family member from drinking beverages throughout the day and is especially true if the person relies on thirst cues.
Tip: Create other types of reminders to help prompt your senior to drink throughout the day. Strive for drinking one full glass of water at each meal.
- Sense of Taste Changes - As people age, their tastes change over time. Your senior may find water unappealing but still be open to other hydrating liquids.
Tip: Test different ways to flavor water without adding unhealthy ingredients. Herbal teas can be a great option, because they don’t naturally include sugar and the flavors make hydrating more appealing. You can also try using pre-flavored waters, and even broth-based soups or homemade popsicles as other ways to provide snacks with a heavier water base.
For more information about Interim HealthCare Inc., visit: https://www.interimhealthcare.com/.
About Interim HealthCare Inc.
Interim HealthCare Inc., founded in 1966, is a leading national franchisor of home care, hospice and healthcare staffing. It is part of Caring Brands International, which also includes UK-based Bluebird Care and Australia-based Just Better Care, both well-known franchise brands in their countries. With more than 530 franchise locations in seven countries, Caring Brands International is a global healthcare leader.
Interim HealthCare in the United States is unique in combining the commitment of local ownership with the support of a national organization that develops innovative programs and quality standards that improve the delivery of service. Franchisees employ nurses, therapists, aides, companions and other healthcare professionals who provide 25 million hours of home care service to 190,000 people each year, meeting a variety of home health, senior care, hospice, palliative care, pediatric care and healthcare staffing needs. For more information or to locate an Interim HealthCare office, visit http://www.interimhealthcare.com.
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