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Dehydration in Seniors

 

Spring has sprung, which means the days are getting longer and hotter. We want to focus on preventing dehydration here at South Coast Post Acute. Dehydration happens when a person loses more water than they drink. This is a very common and serious problem among seniors. Not enough water can lead to weakness, confusion, urinary tract infections, pneumonia and even death. Here are 3 tips to stay hydrated as the season changes.

  1. There are many sources of fluids besides water. Drink juice or tea or eat foods with high water content such as cucumbers, watermelon and soup. You can also try smoothies, milkshakes, popsicles and sports drinks.

 

  1. Keep fluids easily accessible. Try putting water or other beverages near your favorite game or lounge chair.

 

  1. Experiment with beverages at different temperatures. You may prefer iced drinks instead of hot drinks, or the other way around.

 

Try warming up juices or making iced coffee and find out why type you like better. Our skilled nurses take precautions to ensure proper hydration. Contact us today to learn how South Coast Post Acute can help or on advice as to how you or your loved one can stay hydrated everyday.

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