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Keeping Your Aging Parent Hydrated During the Holiday Season

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Caregiver Naples FLDehydration is a serious risk for elderly adults. Not drinking enough, misinterpreting thirst signals, getting overheated, and the effects of certain medications can all contribute to dehydration, which can then lead to serious health complications.

During the holiday season this risk for dehydration may be even more pressing. Throughout this time of year your parent is likely to be busier than usual, which might mean that they do not think about drinking as often. They might also wear too many layers, turn the heat up too high in their home, or overindulge in heavy foods and other beverages. As their caregiver helping your parent to stay properly hydrated throughout the holiday season protects their health so that they can enjoy this season to its fullest and be ready for all the new year has to offer.

Use these tips to help keep your aging parent hydrated during the holiday season:

• Stay cool but comfortable. Resist the urge to crank up the heat and add several thick layers of clothing. Getting overheated and sweating drain the body of fluids. Instead, keep the home at a comfortable but cool temperature and wear layers of lightweight clothes that make it easy for your parent to adjust their body temperature throughout the day.

• Carry a water bottle. If your aging parent has continuous access to water and sees it throughout the day, they are more likely to drink it. Invest in a high quality reusable water bottle and keep it filled at all times. Encourage your loved one to sip throughout the day to stay hydrated.

• Pay attention to what they are eating. What your aging loved one eats makes a major impact on their hydration levels. If they indulge in heavy, salty or sweet foods and caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, they are not only drawing fluid out of the body, but filling up on these rather than leaving room for water and other healthy sources of fluid. If you notice your parent indulging in this way, encourage them to increase their fluid intake to counteract the effect.

• Enjoy alternate sources of fluid. Your parent does not have to just drink water in order to get the fluid that they need. Encourage them to enjoy some of the treats of the season as part of their fluid intake. Fruit such as oranges, cranberries, and apples, as well as cranberry sauce, applesauce, and gelatin are all great sources of fluid that are delicious and seasonal.

If you are concerned about your aging loved one’s health and worry that they might be facing dehydration, starting home care for them might be the ideal solution. Particularly when you are not able to be with them frequently, you might worry that your parent is not drinking enough fluids or that they are drinking too much of the wrong fluids. This caregiver can be with your aging loved one to help them remember to drink throughout the day, encourage hydration through their foods, and support them in monitoring their condition so that they can make changes when necessary to maintain their health.

Source:  http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dehydration/symptoms-causes/dxc-20261072

If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregiver Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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