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Senior Home Health Care: How To Avoid The Dangers of Dehydration

Feb 21, 2017 by Chris Gamble

Dehydration is a serious health concern for seniors, especially in areas like Orange, CA. But having a senior home health care professional taking care of your loved one can help prevent problems with dehydration and other health issues.

 

Dehydration Is Serious For Seniors

Dehydration is never good, but younger people have an easier time recovering. For seniors, or those who are aging, dehydration can be very serious. It’s one of the most common reasons why seniors are hospitalized. Dehydration can cause complications like kidney failure, as well as things like cognitive problems, slurred speech, dizziness and an increased heart rate. Dehydration in seniors needs to be taken seriously and actively prevented.

How Senior Home Health Care Prevents Dehydration

Many seniors don’t drink fluids as much as they should. There are a lot of causes of dehydration, including many medications. But often the real culprit is that seniors don’t drink enough water or liquids. Some seniors may not get up to get a drink when they are thirsty because they have issues with mobility. Others may avoid drinking when they are thirsty because they have trouble getting up to use the bathroom, especially at night. Others may be rationing the liquids they drink because it’s too difficult to make trips to store, so they want to make bottled water, milk, or juice last as long as possible.

Senior Home Health Care can solve these common problems and ensure that your senior loved ones are staying hydrated and taken care of. A home health aide can bring your loved one the necessary and desired fluids to drink so that they don’t have to struggle with getting up. Caregivers can also assist your senior with getting to the bathroom and other personal care services. Our dedicated home health aides can also help your senior loved one with transportation to the grocery store so that beverage options are plentiful and available in the house.

Comfort Keepers caregivers create a customized plan to keep track of how much liquid your loved one has been drinking each day and encourage them to drink more when necessary. Sometimes just knowing that someone is keeping track is enough to get your senior loved one drinking more and staying hydrated. If a caregiver does notice signs of dehydration in your senior loved one, they can support them in drinking the appropriate amount.

Interested in learning more about senior home health care services and solutions available in your area? Contact us or call 714) 450-6494 to schedule a free in-home consultation, today.

 

Comfort Keepers of Orange, CA offers personalized senior home health care plans to seniors and families living in following areas:

Orange, CA and the surrounding areas of Fullerton, Irvine, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Brea, Garden Grove, La Habra, Midway City, Santa Ana, Placentia, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, Whittier and Yorba Linda

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