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How to Get a Senior to Drink More Water

Preventing dehydration is critical, particularly for seniors. Water imbalance can be dangerous to one's health and is one of the leading causes of hospitalization in people over the age of 65. If you want to water balance in check, we have some creative ideas for getting seniors to drink more water.

Different Fluid Sources

If dehydration is a serious issue for a loved one, you may need to make a concession. Allowing older people to consume less healthy options such as sugary drinks or diet soda is one of the simplest ways. This method works well, especially when an elderly person avoids drinking liquids on purpose or is unaware of the critical importance of maintaining water balance. To avoid harm to your loved ones' health, make sure their doctor is consulted. This way, you can be certain that the disadvantages of sweetened beverages do not outweigh the benefits.

Always keep water nearby

Seniors may refuse to use the assistance of others and prefer to drink water on their own. Simply place a small jug of water and a cup near where your patient spends the majority of his or her time. Check that the pot of water is both comfortable and light. In this case, you can also track how much water an elderly person drinks during the day.

Use Apps

Caregivers frequently face an overload of daily responsibilities. As a result, specialists can easily overlook minor details. This refers to the amount of fluid that a person consumes throughout the day. Do not try to remember how many cups or how much liquid a senior drank. Instead, you can use one of the thousands of mobile apps available to track fluid intake. The app notifies you when it is time to ask your loved one to drink some water. Remember to review the results at the end of the day.

Make Fruit Ice cream

Homemade popsicles are an excellent way to satisfy thirst and encourage your loved one to drink more fluids. Fruit juice diluted with water is used to make homemade popsicles. Ask which fruits your loved one prefers. Following that, make popsicles based on their preferences.

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