There are many effects that chronic dehydration has on one’s body – especially if that person is a senior citizen. These include:
- Kidney damage
- Heart damage
- Shortness of breath
Prevention of chronic dehydration is the name of the game. This is where you, as a caregiver, can really step up your game! By being aware of your client’s health issues, monitoring their fluid intake and watching for the toll that chronic dehydration can have on your client’s body, you can show your client that With Age Comes Respect.
You are present sometimes much more than family and other loved ones are. You are definitely more present than medical professional are in your clients life (unless of course your client is in the hospital or a long-term care facility due to their health issues), so it is your responsibility to maintain adequate knowledge of their fluid requirements and know and understand the signs and symptoms of dehydrations so as to prevent it from happening with your clients.
One way to maintain is to constantly educate yourself and maintain diligence on the issue. You also have to help your clients to understand that it is okay to drink between meals; that they won’t have to pee more. One way to help with this is to off your clients a beverage that they enjoy so that it will prompt them to drink more. Make certain that this is not of the alcoholic variety though as alcohol tends to dehydrate one even more. Tomorrow we will cover more on this topic. Stay tuned.