Educating oneself about the throes of dehydration (Posted late on 08/11 from 08/06)

Education and diligence are the keys to helping clients that can potentially become dehydrated. It is advised that those that could potentially have some insight to help elders avoid dehydration to drink fluids between meals. This is especially important if that client or patient is cognitively impaired (has Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease). The fluid does not always have to be water; perhaps it can be something else, coffee, tea, or juice – just something that they may enjoy. (*Once again, it is important to explain to your clients that alcoholic beverages are not on the list of acceptable fluids!)

Of course water is a very important fluid that your clients should imbibe in, but, once again, many elders are afraid to drink too much water in fear of other repercussions! Encouraging smaller intakes, such as when your client is brushing their teeth, is advised.

If you can get your client to drink a small amount of water between means, it is also advisable. Perhaps creating a schedule for your client to follow will get your clients to drink enough water throughout the day. Getting your client to replace the fluids that they urinate is a start. Perhaps getting them to drink a cup of something every time they urinate is a start!

All of this will help you show your clients that With Age Comes Respect.

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About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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