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There are a variety of ways to increase fluid intake without drinking plain water

Nutrition Tips for Senior Care from the Home Instead Team

Remaining healthy takes a variety of forms. Switching out deep-fried foods for grilled ones is one step. Lowering the amount of highly-processed foods is another. Adding daily exercises from walking to swimming to gentle aerobics aids in keeping the body fit and wards off sickness and disease. The most important aspect of all is to stay hydrated. For seniors, this can be the hardest part because of medications, climates, and poor habits, but it is also the easiest to control.

When your elderly loved one struggles to stay hydrated, they face potential health hazards like confusion, weakness, and urinary tract infections. Your mom or dad can also experience pneumonia, bedsores if bed-ridden, or untimely death. The highly-trained caregivers at Home Instead Senior Care Hamilton understand the unique needs the elderly have as they age. We can help with making nutritious food, monitoring fluid intake, and keeping track of the subtle indications of dehydration.

Healthy Eating for Seniors Begins with Staying Hydrated

Getting enough water into the body does not mean it has to be through consuming only water. There are a variety of ways to increase fluid intake without drinking plain water. Here is how you can help your aging parent stay hydrated:

  • Know the Signs of Dehydration – The first step is to keep an eye on Mom or Dad to make sure they are not becoming dehydrated. Here are some of the signs to look for:
    • A dry mouth
    • Decreased need to go to urinate
    • Headaches
    • Body cramps, particularly in the extremities
    • Rapid breathing
    • Inability to sweat
    • Low blood pressure
  • Use Water Enhancers – Some people do not like to drink plain water. Consider using pre-flavored waters or mixing a little juice in, or making a fruit infusion.
  • Broth Is a Good Source of Fluid – Chicken, beef, or vegetable broth provides a savory change to consuming liquids. It can also seem like more of a meal and less of a drink.
  • Consider Some Sweet Alternatives – Instead of plain or savoury, try something sweet like popsicles, milkshakes, or smoothies.
  • Temperature May Matter – For some, the temperature of the liquid does matter. Be willing to experiment. For example, make iced coffee or warm up juices instead.
  • Provide Water Dense Foods – All fruits and vegetables contain water. Provide snacks like cucumbers, green peppers, and tomatoes with hummus, or keep a fruit tray handy.
  • Serve Milk – Milk is a good source of water with the added benefits of vitamins, minerals, fat, and protein.

Trustworthy Senior Care Services to Ensure Proper Hydration

Keep Mom and Dad happy and hydrated when you give them a variety of options to increase their fluid intake. Ensure they get what they need with the help of a Home Instead Senior Care personal support worker who can help with cooking healthy meals, personal care, and a variety of other senior care services. We tailor your service plans to fit you and your family’s needs during this season of life.

Call us at (905) 521-5500 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care we deliver each day to families in our Hamilton community.


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