Did you know that if your loved one stays hydrated, they are at lower risk for falls? According to geriatric experts, many older people don’t drink enough fluids which can increase fall risk.
As you age, your body doesn’t demand water as it did when you were young. Older adults are at a higher risk of dehydration because their body composition changes as they age. Also, people age 65 and older have less water in their bodies compared to younger people. In addition, decreased kidney function can affect fluid levels.
When the body is dehydrated, it affects your loved one’s balance, therefore increasing fall risk. Here are common signs of dehydration to know:
• Fatigue and weakness
• Dizziness or loss of coordination
• Dry mouth and/or a dry cough
• Muscle cramps due to the loss of electrolytes through sweating
• Chills or heat intolerance
• Flushed skin or headache
Your family member can stay hydrated with these tips:
1) Boost Water Flavor. If your loved one doesn’t like water, add fruit like strawberries or flavorings to make it more appealing.
2) Avoid Caffeine. Coffee and tea have a diuretic effect, which means that your loved one will urinate more and lose more fluids.
3) Choose the Right Foods. Enjoy foods that are higher in water content, such as cucumbers, celery, and watermelon, which is 91% water.
4) Keep Water Nearby. Your loved one should keep a water bottle or glass of water readily available so they will be reminded to drink throughout the day.
Ensuring that your loved one stays hydrated is crucial in reducing the risk of falls. Dehydration can have a significant impact on balance and overall well-being, especially for older adults. By implementing these tips and encouraging proper hydration, you can help protect your loved one and promote their safety at home.
Contact Aveanna Home Health today to learn more about our services and how we can help your loved one stay hydrated, reduce fall risk, and improve overall quality of life. Together, let's ensure their well-being and independence for years to come.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for general informational purposes only. Always consult with your physician or qualified healthcare professional before implementing any tips or recommendations mentioned here.