Blog by Brandi Riffel, Customer Account Representative, GrandView Pharmacy
With summer just around the corner, it is important to remember how vital hydration is to everyone. Water is our key source for staying hydrated and many of us personally know from experience what happens when you become dehydrated. According to Doctor Kathleen Jade “the human body is made up of about 60% water” (Jade, 2018). With that being said, we know that staying hydrated is important for everyone. Dr. Jade goes on to write that staying hydrated can “help you with your physical performance, boost your mood, boost your brainpower, prevent headaches, and protect against disease” (Jade, 2018). I found the information about how hydration protects against disease the most impressive to me personally. She states that hydration can help with “protecting against kidney stones, constipation, asthma, urinary tract infections, coronary heart disease, and possible some types of cancers” (Jade, 2018). This emphasizes the fact that it is important to ensure all the residents within our facilities have adequate access to water throughout the day.
When trying to come up with ways to keep our residents hydrated, it is important to look for ways other than just water. Did you know that 1 medium orange is made up of 97% water? Another food that has a high-water content is 1 cup of blueberries. It is made up of 85% water. How amazing is that! Think outside the box when trying to get residents hydrated. Also, drinking plain water can become less-than-desired. Try offering fruit infused water or flavor packets for water. This will give the residents the feeling that they are not drinking water, but rather a treat.
Knowing how easy it is for elderly individuals to become dehydrated, we need to make sure that we are working towards unique and fun ways to include hydration in our resident’s care. This is truly important for us consider not only during the summer time, but also year around.
We’ve created a hydration toolkit designed to be used by any senior living community. A full plan that can be easily implemented and tailored to accommodate individual community’s needs and resources. Click here to read more about all of our protocols.
1. Jade, K. (2018, April 8). Why is Drinking Water Important: 6 Reasons to Stay Hydrated. Retrieved from: https://universityhealthnews.com/daily/nutrition/why-is-drinking-water-important-6-reasons-to-stay-hydrated/
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