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Dehydration in elderly people, an age old problem
July 22, 2023

Dehydration is an age old problem. Throughout our life, our sense of thirst prompts us to drink more fluids in order to stay hydrated. Recently, research evidence has found that as we get older our sense of thirst reduces. Therefore, the risk of dehydration in elderly people instantly increases. Dehydration is a frequent cause of hospitalisation of older adults and one of the ten most frequent diagnoses responsible for hospitalisation in the United-States.

Simple Strategies

The reduction in a person sensation to want to consume fluids is just one of the factors that can lead to dehydration. There could also be reduced swallowing capacity, decreased mobility or comprehension and communication disorders.

A Mumby’s carer can ensure an elderly person always receives the correct level of support to eat and drink. There is overwhelming agreement that this is the most appropriate and cost effective way to reduce dehydration.

Many families are restricted by the amount of care they can provide to loved ones. Mumby’s live in carers are there to provide this support that families or domiciliary agencies can not. Simple strategies to encourage fluid consumption for those loved ones could be any of the following:-

  • Offering fluids regularly throughout the day
  • Making fluids readily available by placing containers such as small bottles or cups close by.
  • Providing preferred drinks to keep interest up.

The old saying goes “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”, this is true not just for horses but for humans too. You can not make someone drink but the slightest of hints and appropriate care can reduce the risk of dehydration. This in turn reduces the associated problems that come with it.

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