Hydration is vital all year long. But when the temperatures rise during the summer, it can be hard to keep up with. And if you're a senior caregiver, you also have to encourage your loved one to stay hydrated. It will be a challenge but, with careful thought, you can be successful. Here are a few tips.
- Encourage your loved one to drink small amounts of water throughout the day. Drinking two or more glasses at the same time can be difficult. But starting with one glass in the morning and repeating it at various intervals is a lot easier. Also, beginning early in the day will help them to avoid too many nighttime trips to the bathroom.
- Make water more enjoyable. Adding fruit to water doesn't diminish its ability to hydrate your senior. So consider using lemons, strawberries, watermelon, and other delicious fruits to water to make it more palatable. Simply add slices or berries to a pitcher of water and keep it in the refrigerator.
- Help your dear one to attain hydration through other means. Many fruits and vegetables are very high in water content. They include cantaloupe, pineapple, oranges, cucumbers, green peppers, and celery. Try to include them in meals more frequently, or make smoothies. You can also use fruit and vegetable drinks, sports beverages, and other electrolyte replacement liquids.
Try a few things out before you figure out what works. And if you're having trouble keeping up with your fluid intake, these tips might work well for you too!
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