Confusion and weakness are two really big signs of dehydration. These are the first symptoms that actually occur with severe dehydration.
There are some other signs that occur when people become severely dehydrated. These include:
- Dark urine
- Decreased skin elasticity
- Dry mouth
- Sudden change in blood pressure upon rising
- Increased heart rate
Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, LD, a nutrition and exercise expert specializing in healthy weight management had this to say, “Dehydration also can lead to compromised immune system, constipation, and even death since the organs are mostly water. Organs pull water from the brain, shrinking it and causing headaches. Chronic, persistent dehydration leads to cell death and, without proper rehydration, tissue death.”
If your clients have Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, are normally confused and/or forgetful, you will have to have extra diligence in monitoring for dehydration. In their case, they may just forget how much they have drank and think that what they have consumed is enough.
Fluids are meant to decrease pain in a body, keep people more alert, reduce constipation and keep them healthy and out of the hospital. You know it, I know it, and it is our responsibility to make certain that our clients understand just how important keeping fluids in the body are.
It is yet another way to constantly show our clients that With Age Comes Respect.