Dehydration in seniors is a common thing and is a very dangerous thing at that. Dehydration can be caused by a couple things, the obvious: not drinking enough water or illnesses and by the not so obvious: medications and decreased kidney function. For these reasons tracking seniors hydration is very important.
Because of this, one thing Bel Aire Senior Living has created is the Hydration Program.
What is the Hydration Program?
Well Bel Aire Senior Living saw how dehydrated incoming resident were and wanted to establish a system to combat it. And so the Hydration Program began.
Along with the fluids given to them at each meal the resident receive a 16 oz water bottle in the morning around 10am and after lunch their water bottles are refilled, and the amount they drink is tracked so as to make sure each resident has plenty of fluids throughout the day.
Then our resident who live in our Memory Care unit are given 2 fluid ounces every 2 hours Starting from when they wake up till they go to bed. We do this because having memory loss they forget to drink and therefore dehydration is a high risk in Memory Care residents.
Being dehydrated can change individuals and cause a lot of problems. Such as:
- Difficulty walking
- Dizziness or Headaches
- Dry Mouth
- Sunken Eyes
- Low blood pressure
- Low urine output
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