Summer Tips for Staying Cool and Hydrated

As temperatures are on the rise, it’s important to ensure your loved one stays cool and hydrated. Here are some practical tips to help:

Use Measurable Containers

Tracking fluid intake can be challenging for some elders. Using water bottles and pitchers with measurement lines or motivational markers can help monitor daily water consumption. Support from caregiver services, community monitoring, or frequent visits can also make a big difference.

Visual Reminders

Place reminder signs on the refrigerator, calendar, or near medication to encourage drinking more water. Keeping fluids visible and within reach increases the likelihood of regular drinking.

Verbal Reminders

Incorporate hydration into conversations when visiting or calling an elder. Ask if they’ve had water recently or suggest having a drink together. Sharing a glass of water in person or over FaceTime shows care and helps assess accessibility to water.

Recognize Signs of Dehydration

Watch for these symptoms of dehydration:

  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Cramping
  • Increased confusion or delirium
  • Darker-colored urine
  • Dry skin

Monitor Medications

Some medications, like diuretics, can increase the risk of dehydration. It’s crucial to track this year-round, especially during hot summer months when fluid loss from sweat is more likely.

Make It Tasty

Encourage drinking by finding beverages that look and taste appealing. Adding cranberry juice to water, using water enhancers like Crystal Light, Liquid I.V., or infusing water with lemon or other fruits can make it more desirable. A little flavor can go a long way!

Make It Easy

For elders who have difficulty holding a glass, using a straw, spooning fluids, or using smaller, lighter cups can be helpful. Hydrating foods such as watermelon, smoothies, cucumbers, broths, soups, yogurts, puddings, citrus fruits, berries, and cruciferous vegetables are also great options.

By following these tips, you can help your loved one stay hydrated and comfortable throughout the summer.

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