Elderly Care in Mesa AZ
When you take on the task of being a family caregiver for an elderly loved one, one of the problemsthat you might encounter is finding that she’s dehydrated. Dehydration starts out as a mild problem, but it can very quickly become a serious problem with long term health effects. It’s important to learn as much as you can about dehydration and what you can do for your loved one to ensure that she stays properly hydrated.
Dehydration is actually really simple to describe. It occurs when people take in less water than they’re losing through their regular bodily functions. Sweating is just one of the many ways that your body loses water. For the elderly, dehydration is very serious because it can lead to weakness, confusion and disorientation, and urinary tract infections. When your loved one is getting the right amount of fluids, then her body is able to regulate temperature effectively, maintain her blood pressure, and get rid of toxins in her body.
Causes of Dehydration
There are a lot of different potential causes of dehydration. The first is as simple as just not drinking enough or any liquids. Some medications that your elderly loved one takes may also cause dehydration. Diuretics definitely have this side effect, while other medications in combination with each other can be dehydrating. If your loved one has been sick, she’s much more likely to be in a dehydrated state. It’s important to talk with her doctor to see if changes to her medications can help. Another factor to consider is that as we all grow older, we don’t notice as readily if we’re thirsty or not.
What You Can Do
The first thing that you can do is to figure out what beverages your loved one is willing to drink. If she’s okay with water, that’s the best choice. Other good choices include herbal teas and even coffee if consumed in moderation. Because there’s a risk of more fragile elderly loved ones not drinking because there’s nothing available right there, make sure that your loved one always has a water bottle or a glass of water handy. Another good solution is to offer foods that have a high water content, such as vegetables, fruits, and even soups.
Once your loved one is properly hydrated, it becomes easier for both of you to help her stay that way.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Mesa, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
Latest posts by Admin (see all)
- Preparing Family for a Thanksgiving Visit with a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease - November 15, 2016
- What Information Do You Need from Your Loved One’s Doctor about Exercise? - November 9, 2016
- Should You Consider Elder Care if Your Parent Moves in With You? - November 2, 2016