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What is Dehydration and the Effects on a Aging Human Body

 
Dehydration is when a body loses more fluid than what it takes in.
 
When someone feels dehydrated, that could mean that they have been losing fluid due to exercise or just from not putting more fluid, more specifically water, back into their system. Dehydration has three stages: mild, moderate and severe. It is important to consult a medical professional in the event of dehydration.

The main causes of dehydration in elderly adults includes:

  • Diabetes
  • Inability to drink water due to illness (flu, cold, etc.)
  • Increased urination
  • Fever
  • Excess exercise

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration?

 
Dehydration symptoms can range from mild to severe and will impact everyone differently. However, there are signs and symptoms that are common during times of dehydration. These signs and symptoms include the following:

  • Lightheadedness or dizziness – especially upon standing up.
  • Being sleepy or more tired than usual.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Urination is less frequent.
  • Urine is a darker yellow color – much darker than usual.
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Drop in blood pressure – especially after standing up from a sitting or lying down position.
  • Increased heart rates
  • Skin elasticity decreases.

If you or your aging loved one is experiencing any of these signs and symptoms, please consult a medical professional immediately.

How Is Dehydration Treated?

 
A woman helping an elderly woman by holding her arm and a drink Treatment for dehydration in its earliest stages is straightforward and easy. If you are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of dehydration, sipping on water or sports drinks, such as Gatorade or Powerade, can help put fluids back into your body and cells. If you are feeling ill and are unable to drink fluids, it is advised to suck on ice chips or popsicles that may be made from sports drinks or water. This will get the fluids back into your system without having the harsh effect of chugging fluids on your stomach. However, as dehydration approaches the severe stage, it is best to let a medical professional handle treating the elderly individual. Severe dehydration can be treated with intravenous treatments to help replace the fluid that has been lost from the body.

 

How Can You Prevent Dehydration?

 
Preventing dehydration can be as simple as setting a reminder to drink water regularly. Staying hydrated can help elderly individuals feel more alert, happier and healthier. The first step to maintaining hydration is to consult your doctor about how much water you should drink daily. Your daily intake will be calculated by a medical professional based on your medical history, body mass and medical needs. After you receive that number from your doctor, it will be up to you (or your caregiver) to ensure that you are reminded often to drink water. There are cell phone apps that can help remind you every hour to take a few sips of water, or perhaps it is an old school alarm that goes off every hour on the hour. A caregiver can provide an extra set of reminders for you to drink water and stay hydrated through out the day.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

An important step in preventing dehydration is preparing for the day that lies ahead. Whether that day consists of lounging at home or traveling to and from doctors’ appointments, it is important to prepare. Having water bottles, ice chips or sports drinks on hand will make hydration easy and accessible! A caregiver can be sure to pick up the appropriate amount of fluids that the elderly adult needs to remain hydrated throughout the day. Planning for the day will give no room for failure or dehydration and will make way for happiness and healthy decisions!

Hydrating your body is one of the most important ways that elderly individuals can take care of themselves. As we age, our health starts to decline naturally and our body may start to feel slower and sluggish. By staying hydrated, elderly adults can feel refreshed, awake and vigorous.

 

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Reviewer: Patricia
Patricia 2020-09-18 via Google
I like working for 24hr home care because they allow me to have a flexible schedule and I can take advantage of how far away from home I'd like to travel for work.
Reviewer: Liliana D
Liliana D 2020-09-18 via Google
Improving getting better and better really listen to our voice send us a recognition letter congratulating us as frontline workers, send us a little gift for our performance, send us an gift certificate from amazon for school supplies pack of $30 dollars for our children looking forward for more improvements feels good to be recognize as a great frontline worker helps us get more motivated afterall thats going on. Ive never got anything or a congratulations from them ever its the first time in the 3 years ive work with them and today they call me to say happy bday i feel special. Thank you 24hr homecare
Reviewer: Tatyana
Tatyana 2020-09-18 via Google
Pros: It’s nice working here. With this agency, you have a very flexible schedule. There are a lot of 4-5 hour shifts, although they do offer overnight shifts as well from 8 hours, maybe 12. You can qualify for employee benefits after 1 year of working here. They have “emergency rate” wages as well, these are last minute shifts that can raise from $1-5 an hour; if they hired you at $14hr and they give you an (e-rate) emergency rate then it’ll probably be from $15, $16, $17+ depending on the case. Traveling is required and they did have a virtual interview with me. They have employees working 24 hours if you decide to call them. They use the CC-Go app to clock in and clock out. They also give you a link to a corporate perks website that will give you discounts on phones, plane tickets, hotels ect. Cons: Communication with the office/managers can be difficult at times because when you call, anyone/random person can answer. My personal recommendation as a company request for employee(s): Sending each caregiver a “care package” in a ziplock bag with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, ect. in case a facility or client doesn’t have the supplies needed. Having these “care packages” would help the company prevent any further sicknesses when dealing with urination and bowel movements if anything were to happen.
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Highly recommend!
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Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great, award-winning company!
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Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great company! Highly recommend.
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CAROL 2020-08-01 via Google
I LOVE BEING ON CALL THRU THE WEEK MAKE MORE MONEY, WORK WHEN YOU WANT. LOVE LOVE LOVE 24 HR AND ALL THE STAFFERS THERE THE BEST.
Reviewer: Laura
Laura 2020-06-12 via Google
Our care givers are loving, friendly and devoted. They are family! Thank you for being here for us.
Reviewer: Richard
Richard 2020-06-09 via Google
Our Care-giver Mudrakat is a blessing for us, with a big heart, and a very professional approach and skills - she will go far...
Reviewer: Raul
Raul 2020-05-28 via Google
Great place to work for!

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