Senior Home Safety in Stamford, CT
Most people have a tendency to think about dehydration as a summertime issue, especially for younger individuals, including children, who may be highly active during those hot summer days. In reality, dehydration can affect anyone of any age and at any time of the year.
Yes, dehydration risks increase with activity level and temperature, but that doesn’t mean an elderly individual who is staying home most days isn’t at risk of becoming dehydrated. The signs of dehydration can be quite subtle, but the effects can be severe.
Why people become dehydrated during the winter.
One of the most common reasons why dehydration is a problem during the winter is because people have a tendency to drink less water because they’re not as thirsty as they may be during the summer. In a house that has forced hot air, though, it can drive the air out, causing somebody to feel thirsty on a regular basis. As a result, they may drink enough water naturally to avoid becoming dehydrated.
However, at the same time, while that heating system is drawing moisture out of the air, is also drawing moisture away from the body, which means the individual needs to drink even more to stay properly hydrated.
On top of that, a senior may have a tendency to drink more coffee or tea rather than just water. Caffeine in these beverages can draw more moisture away from vital organs in the body, including the skin. That increases the risk of dehydration, thus requiring the individual to supplement their diet with more water during the day.
When a person becomes dehydrated, there is an increased risk of muscle fatigue, cramping, and other issues. For a senior living at home, safety can be impacted by dehydration, even subtle dehydration that doesn’t present any other symptoms.
When an elderly individual is not consuming enough water daily, their legs may feel weak and that can affect their ability to walk around safely, maintaining their balance if they begin to slip, or climb up and down stairs in a safe manner.
It’s important to encourage anyone, regardless of their age, to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Even if they don’t feel thirsty, they should be keeping track of just how much water they’re consuming daily. Certain prescription medications can also cause somebody to be at an increased risk of dehydration.
Considering relying on a home care aide who has experience may benefit the senior by having somebody there keeping track of just how much water and other fluids they are consuming, thus decreasing the risk of dehydration that can pose serious health risks.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Stamford, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.
When you call us, you will be speaking with Stamford's most reliable, professionally managed, non-medical homecare agency - an agency, you can depend on for the care of your loved ones, whether you live around town, or thousands of miles away. You will also be speaking with an agency, where the owners are directly involved in ensuring that your loved ones get the highest level of care. We are SWCCA approved and are able to work directly with your long term insurance provider and worker's compensation insurance provider.
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