Ways To Help Your Senior Parent Stay Hydrated This Summer

When the weather gets warmer it can be a real challenge to make sure your mom or dad stays hydrated. Most seniors are chronically dehydrated, which can cause a lot of different health problems. It can also make their existing health problems worse. If your mom or dad has elder care services make sure that their elder care provider is reminding them each hour to drink a glass of water.

Elder Care Waltham MA - Ways To Help Your Senior Parent Stay Hydrated This Summer
Elder Care Waltham MA – Ways To Help Your Senior Parent Stay Hydrated This Summer

In the summer when seniors are sweating a lot, they can quickly become dehydrated even if they aren’t very active. The dry air indoors caused by the air conditioner can also cause your senior parent to become dehydrated.

Reminding your mom or dad to drink more water can help. But that may not be enough to keep your mom or dad properly hydrated when the temperatures are soaring.

This summer use these tips to make sure that your senior parent is well-hydrated:

Keep Water Easily Accessible

Make sure that water is easily accessible to your parent throughout the day. Keep a water bottle or glass of water within reach in commonly used areas of the house, such as the living room, bedroom, or kitchen. Make sure there are several bottles of chilled water in the fridge too, so that cold water is always ready if your mom or dad is thirsty.

Encourage Hydrating Snacks

Encourage your parent to snack on hydrating foods with high water content, such as fruits and vegetables. Watermelon, cucumber, oranges, and strawberries are excellent choices. These foods not only provide hydration but also essential vitamins and minerals. You can also add hydrating fruits and vegetables to salads and other meals.

Set Reminders

Use alarms or reminders on your parent’s phone or electronic devices to prompt them to drink fluids regularly. You can also set up visual cues, such as leaving notes or using a chart to track fluid intake throughout the day.

Limit Dehydrating Beverages

In addition to encouraging your mom or dad to drink more water, you should discourage drinking things that can cause dehydration. Try to get your mom or dad to cut back on drinks like alcohol, caffeine, and sugary drinks. Drinking them in moderation is fine, but they shouldn’t be a daily part of your mom or dad’s diet.

Make Beverages Exciting

You can encourage your mom or dad to drink more by making drinks more exciting too. Sparkling water, fruit-infused waters, low-sugar lemonade, and other fun beverages will make drinking water a lot more appealing to your senior parent.

A fantastic way to encourage your mom or dad to drink more water is to get an infusion pitcher. An infusion pitcher is a regular pitcher that has a removable center cone. The center cone screws into the base of the pitcher. It is hollow and has holes in it.

You can fill that center cone with fruit like lemon slices, cucumber slices, or berries. Then put the cone back into the pitcher and fill the pitcher with water. Put it in the fridge. The fruit will infuse flavor in the water making a delicious healthy cold summer drink.

If you or an aging loved one is considering Elder Care Services in Waltham MA or the surrounding areas, please get in touch with the caring staff at Visiting Nurse & Community Care today. (781) 643-6090