Summer temperatures are climbing across Texas! As we move into the hottest part of the year, we’re seeing heat indexes hit triple digits as local weather services warn us to stay inside and stay cool.
High temperatures can be especially challenging when caring for seniors. Dehydration is a common concern, and it can quickly lead to hospitalization. Seniors – especially those battling memory conditions – may struggle to get enough water in during the day. Proper hydration is crucial to both physical and mental health, so it’s important to keep an eye on your loved one’s water intake. We know how frustrating and concerning it can be when your loved one struggles to get enough to drink. At Tribute, our nutritional experts work with seniors daily to ensure they are receiving adequate nutrition and hydration. We’ve put together a list of strategies you can use today to help your loved one stay hydrated at home.
Offer Drinks Often
People battling dementia often struggle with the concept of time. They may not realize how much time has passed since they last ate or drank something. It can also be daunting to drink a large glass, so offer small sips often to keep hydration levels up.
Add Flavor with Fruit
Plain water is bland and may not be palatable to someone with memory challenges. Instead, add a pop of flavor with their favorite fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Not sure where to start? Here are 8 infused water recipes that are sure to please any palate!
Mix it Up
Water isn’t the only way to hydrate! Juice, smoothies, hot or cold tea, and fresh fruits are all healthy, hydrating options. Avoid sugary sodas and shakes – they can spike blood sugar levels, negatively affect health, and even cause dehydration long term.
Cool off with Popsicles
Popsicles are a great way to hydrate while enjoying a sweet treat! Skip the dye-laden sugary pops and opt for fruit-based brands instead – or make your own using a blender and popsicle molds.
Customize Water Service
Everyone has that one coffee mug, glass, or cup that they prefer. If your loved one is struggling to get in enough water, it may be time for a new cup. Consider getting an insulated water bottle in their favorite color or a fun design to inspire them to drink more often. If they struggle with fine motor skills, opt for something with handles, an easy open spout, or a smaller container (12 oz or less).
Remember, every senior is different and it may take a few tries to hit on the right hydration combination for your loved one. Keep offering options until you find what works.
Did you know diet is one of the single most important factors in optimum health and revitalization? Tribute’s nutritional experts provide organic, fresh, natural meals that are designed to support a healthy mind and body. If you’re ready to learn about the benefits of Tribute’s assisted living and memory care services, we’re here to talk. Contact us today to learn how our approach to assisted living and memory care create a better life by design.