Summer is in full swing with this heat and humidity! Now is the time to drink lots of fluids and stay cool. Hopefully your clients’ homes are graced with air conditioning and cold beverages.
Encouraging the elderly to drink may be tough. The side effects of increasing fluids is increased bathroom visits. For someone with decreased mobility, this may be a hassle or even painful due to arthritis or generalized pain.
There may be other ways to encourage your client to drink more fluids. There are cold brew tea bags that you and your client can use to make cold brew iced tea in the refrigerator. You can add fresh mint or lavender to a beverage. There are water enhancers that add flavor to water, but be careful. Some water enhancers have a lot of chemicals and dyes. Read the ingredients. Brands like “Stur” and “Skinny Girl Water Enhancer” are better than the rest because they use evaporated cane sugar or stevia. There are so many flavors to try. If your client is really struggling to drink their recommended water intake, this can be a game changer!
You can also try juices, JELL-O, water ice, ice pops or popsicles if your client isn’t too keen on drinking water. Happy Hydrating!
Home to Stay Senior Care Solutions is owned and operated by the Dubler and Skole Families and was started because of experiences they had with their own Families. In one situation Mom was living alone and had a fall. It was not until this fall that the family realized they were unprepared.
When it was time for their Mom to come home, she needed companion and personal care to assist her and prevent another accident. Like most people in this situation, they were confused and did not know where to go for help. It was this life-changing experience that lead to starting a home care company that is focused on enabling those who wish to stay at home and age in place.