Dehydration – Caring for Seniors

Risk Factors for Elderly Dehydration:

  • Swallowing disorders – caused by strokes, Parkinson’s Disease, or Dementia.
  • Obesity.
  • Over 85 years old.
  • Bedridden.
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or excessive sweating.
  • Having 5 or more chronic diseases.
  • Taking 5 or more prescription medications.
  • Diminished drinking due to fear of incontinence.
  • Dehydration increases the risk for constipation, urinary tract infection (UTI), respiratory tract infections, kidney stones, and medicine toxicity. Also, dehydration can lead to an increase in falls.
  • Remember on warm or hot days: Minimize exposure to outside. Monitor your residents, encourage water hydration, and schedule outdoor activities and outings based on weather temperatures.
  • Monitor thermostat/temperature in their home.