What, may you ask, is adaptive equipment? Well, just like with a toddler that is just starting out, many aging individuals may need a little support with things in their twilight years. One of these things may be drinking.
Cups with handles, straws, and spouted cups (similar to a toddler’s sippy cup) may be required to get your client to drink the appropriate amount of fluids that their body needs during the day. You will need to ensure that these items are available to your clients whenever they may need them.
If you have a home for your clients (as opposed to going into their home), you may want to have fluids waiting for your clients in the dining room at each mealtime. One suggestion is that if you or your staff gives your clients a small cup of water with each medication administration, your clients may just get into the habit of wanting to drink a few ounces of water each time they are given meds. (Just another way to get your clients to intake enough fluids and to show them that With Age Comes Respect!)
By just asking your client if they are thirsty may certainly not be enough to compel them to drink. After all, they may be worried about incontinence issues and lack of sleep if they do ingest too many fluids, so being sneaky may work for their benefit as well as yours, for keeping your clients healthy is the name of the game!