Just because you remind your clients to drink water or other fluids one time does not mean that you should avoid reminding them time and time again. Reminders are especially important for your clients that have memory lapses or more significant cognitive defects.
As a caregiver, it is a great idea to map out a hydration protocol or regimen. Elders that have had a history of dehydration really need someone to map out a plan for them to avoid this issue for the future.
In order to get the regimen to keep on track, the caregiver will have to carefully monitory and record fluid intake and output. The chart will then be able to be used for comparison purposes.
Another method to get your client to intake enough fluids is to offer them beverages throughout the daytime. If you find a beverage to their liking, this may be able to ensure that your client will not dehydrate again – or as readily as they have in the past.
Use a variety of fluids. You know the old saying, ‘Variety is the spice of life.’ The same old is the same old. I know that I don’t like to have the same of everything every day of my life and I just have to assume that many people have the same viewpoint as I do.
By considering how your feel, you can very well put yourself in your clients place. By doing so, you may very well be showing them that With Age Comes Respect.