Dehydration can lead to many serious health issues, so it is important to know the signs early on. Most cases of dehydration can be treated by drinking water or sports drinks. Here are some of the signs of dehydration in the elderly, as well as tips on how to prevent it.
If your loved one is not hydrated, he or she may feel disoriented, dizzy, and have mobility issues. You should not shrug this warning sign off. Instead, take your loved one to the doctor to determine if he or she is dehydrated or experiencing an age-related health issue. To prevent disorientation, make sure your loved one drinks plenty of water and avoids sugary and caffeinated drinks.
Keeping your loved one hydrated not only promotes his or her overall health, but it can also prevent serious health conditions such as kidney failure. If you have a senior loved one who needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a home care provider New Hampshire families can rely on. All of our caregivers are bonded, licensed, and insured, there are no hidden fees, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.
Issues Using the Bathroom
Some signs of dehydration include dark urine and the inability to urinate or defecate on a normal basis. Darker urine could be an indication of a high concentration of minerals and various contaminants that urine normally flushes out of the body. The more dehydrated your loved one is, the more concentrated his or her urine may be. If your loved one is experiencing a severe case of dehydration, his or her stool could be black and bloody. To prevent this from happening, make sure your loved one drinks adequate amounts of liquids and eats healthy, water-content foods such as soups and some fruits.
Dehydration could cause your loved one to be tired most of the day, especially in the afternoon. Taking long naps or more naps than usual could disrupt your loved one’s sleeping patterns and prevent the body from clearing out harmful toxins during the night. Make sure your loved one drinks water and healthy beverages throughout the day, even when he or she is not thirsty. Keep a water bottle next to your loved one’s bed and other places in the home that he or she frequents. Having water accessible is key, especially if your loved one has limited mobility.
Seniors living with limited mobility often need extensive assistance in and outside the home. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, New Hampshire Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.
Blood Pressure Issues
If your loved one does not sweat or produce tears or has an unusually rapid heart rate, his or her blood pressure may have dropped as a result of dehydration. Other signs of drops in blood pressure include dizziness and the inability to sit down or stand up quickly. To prevent this from happening, monitor your loved one’s blood pressure regularly. This will alert you of an immediate drop in his or her blood pressure. Make sure your loved one has a variety of beverages accessible throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch, dinner time, and in between meals.
A professional caregiver can help your senior loved one with meal preparation and grocery shopping, ensuring he or she has the means to stay hydrated and healthy. Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the New Hampshire respite care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our respite care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts. To learn about our revolutionary senior care plans and how they can benefit your loved one, give us a call at (603) 471-3004 today.