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Dangers of Dehydration in Seniors and What You Can Do About It

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Tips for Caregivers from the Home Instead Care Team

Summer is the time for getting outside and soaking up the warmth of the sun. Often, we head out the door determined to enjoy a concert, a walk, or a picnic without considering how quickly we can become dehydrated. Seniors are at a higher risk of dehydration and should always take steps to protect themselves. The most common dangers of low water intake include urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney failure, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and in extreme cases, even death. The good news is you, and your loved one can prevent dehydration with a few simple steps.

Beat the heat when you increase fluid intake and dress lightly. Get help to ensure your senior avoids dehydration when you cannot be there, by enlisting the services of a senior caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care [City]. We support you and your family with several service options, including nutritious food, companion care, respite care and more. Let us assist your senior so they can remain safe and comfortable at home.

5 Tip for Caregivers to Keep Seniors Safe in the Summer Heat

If you care for your aging parent or are living life at home on your own terms, the proper steps must be taken to avoid the danger of dehydration. Here are a few:

  • Choose water over coffee or alcohol: Continually sip water throughout the day, not just when the feeling of thirst arises. The ability to sense thirst lessens as we age, so it is easier for your senior’s body to need fluid before they realize it. Try to avoid choosing coffee or alcohol as the diuretic effects can increase the chance to become dehydrated.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables with high fluid content: Watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini have high water content, making them a great choice.
  • Increase water intake before exercising or going outside: Drinking more water before heading out the door helps you maintain hydration. Remember to grab a glass of water or sports drink as soon as possible to replenish what you lost.
  • Dress lightly: Choose clothing made from breathable, natural materials. It helps to wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen as well.
  • Plan your activities for the cooler parts of the day: In general, mid-afternoon can be the hottest part of the day. Try to stay indoors during this time while mowing or running errands at other times.

Decrease Risks of Dehydration

A Personal Support Worker Can Help

Beat the effects of the summer heat by increasing fluid intake and staying out of direct sunlight. The team at Home Instead Senior Care understands the nuances of senior care diets and are ready to aid families and their loved ones with a variety of home care services and resources. We can help you and your aging parent. We have several tailored service plans to fit your family’s needs.

Call us at (416) 239-2200 to schedule a no-obligation, in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families  in our Etobicoke area.


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