Subtle reminders also help (Posted late on 08/12 from 08/09)

If your client is cognitively impaired, they may just downright forget that they haven’t drank (or ate for that matter). This seems to be a really big reason why people with Dementia or Alzheimer’s tend to lose weight.

The reminders need to continue even when the glass of fluids is right in front of them because they may not remember that it is their glass and/or they may think that they have already had too much and that they will have to ‘pee’ more later on. Remember, relying on a cognitively impaired client is not an accurate way to ensure that they intake enough fluids.

A good way to get them to drink water more often may be to offer them smaller amounts. There are kiddie-size water bottles that are shorter and contain less liquid. Just like with kids, this size bottle is easier for an elder to carry around with them thus giving them the incentive to drink more water. Besides that, the smaller size seems less overwhelming to a senior.

Variety of available fluids, size of drinking apparatus, and gentle nudges all work in your favor to get your clients to consume enough liquids throughout the daytime. By learning all of these little techniques, you are proving over and over again that you believe 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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