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.