Hydration is a topic that generally gains more traction during the hotter summer months, but it’s important any time of the year. However, it’s during the summer where the risk of dehydration increases, and the most susceptible group for this serious situation are the elderly. One home care agency, at least, has taken the time to reach out to its local community with some tips on how to ensure aging seniors are paying enough attention to how much water they’re consuming each and every day.
As noted in the Houston Chronicle article, Angels Care Home Health provides tips to protect seniors against dehydration:
“Tips for staying hydrated
Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink; by this time you are already dehydrated.
Carry a water bottle with you and drink from it regularly.
Drink at least eight cups of water every day.
Keep a full water bottle in the refrigerator door and take a drink every time you open the refrigerator.
Drink extra in extreme heat to replace the water lost from sweating.
Start and end the day with a cup of water.
Do not replace water with alcohol or caffeinated drinks.
Know the symptoms of dehydration.”
It may seem like a small thing to run a basic list of tips on how to stay hydrated, but it can mean the difference between remaining healthy and running the risk of some serious health issues. Home care aides and other professionals within this sector across the country likely understand the elderly and at-risk population already face an increased risk of some serious health issues, but it’s not often that people are thinking about just how much water they’re consuming each day.
These little tips and reminders can serve more than one purpose, too. It’s a good way to help aging men and women pay attention to what they’re doing throughout the day, especially in the heat, and also to drink extra, even if they don’t feel thirsty right away. It’s also a wonderful way for home care agencies and other providers to connect with their community and take advantage of marketing opportunities.
Dehydration is a serious health risk for people of all ages, including the elderly. By informing people in their local communities, agencies like Angels Care Home Health create a small but lasting impression on the men and women who might need their support in the future. Information is a powerful resource and also an effective marketing strategy when used properly.
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