Dehydration, which can cause major health problems, and is a common cause of hospitalization in persons over the age of 65, must be avoided. In addition, we need to stay hydrated for certain medications to work. In an ideal world, we can keep our family members from becoming dehydrated, but getting our loved ones to drink more water when they refuse to cooperate can be challenging. Therefore, we have put together a few creative ways to get our loved ones to drink more water, making it easier for them to keep them hydrated.
One of the many ways our loved ones can improve their health and maintain a high quality of life is to drink enough water. A trusted community care provider, Rittenhouse Village At Northside can help you or your loved one maintain a high quality of life while aging in place. Transportation to and from medical appointments and social activities, healthy meal preparation, daily exercise support, and aid with essential tasks such as washing, grooming and light cleaning are just some of the services provided by our thoughtful caregivers.
Discover Other Alternatives of Water
Contrary to popular belief, water is not the only choice available to stay hydrated. Fruits and vegetables such as cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, grapes, and oranges are high in water content and can help you stay hydrated throughout the day. If your loved one is dehydrated and refuses to drink healthy fluids, it may be important to make some concessions and consider other ways to increase water intake. This may include allowing them to drink less healthy beverages like sugary drinks or diet soda.
Nearby Sources of Water
Allowing our loved ones to serve themselves might be useful in encouraging them to drink more water. Make it quick and easy for them to get a drink by having a lightweight pitcher of water and a cup near their favorite spot.
Carrying a water bottle isn’t always convenient, but it serves as an ever present reminder to stay hydrated and provides easy access to water. If your loved ones prefer drinking chilled water, you can invest in a stainless steel insulated water bottle that keeps water cool for up to 24 hours. This is a great way to take chilled water with you on the go.
Wear Protective Clothing when Out in the Sun
It is important to encourage our loved ones to wear a hat that shields the face as well as loose breathable clothing. This will help regulate their body temperature and further educe their risk of dehydration.
Set Hydration Reminders
These days, many people use their smartphones to set reminders or alarms. This could be an effective way to remind our loved ones to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking water could also become a part of one’s daily routine. Making hydration activities a habit, such as drinking a small glass of water first thing in the morning, before getting into the shower or with each meal, will make it easier to avoid dehydration. Another example is to set a daily tea date with a companion. Taking a break for a healthy drink with a friend or loved one might also be a fun and easy way to increase your fluid intake.