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May 31st, 2017

Summer is upon us, bringing warmer weather but also an increased chance of dehydration.

And older people are more at risk than most of dehydrating, because as we get older our brains are less able to sense dehydration and so don’t send the “I’m thirsty” signal.

So how do you stay hydrated?

Drinking water is always the best option, but other drinks can also help. Even tea and coffee can have a positive impact, as long as drunk in moderation to avoid too much caffeine. Fruit juices and squash will also aid hydration, but do beware of drinking too much, due to the high sugar content.

Foods with a high water content – such as melons, tomatoes, and lettuce – can be thirst-quenching. And soup or broth is also a good antidote to dehydration.

Here are our top tips on keeping hydrated:

  • Keep a bottle of filled water to hand – tap water is fine, and reuse the bottle
  • If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime
  • Drink water before, during, and after exercise
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water before diving straight to food. Thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water
  • If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule – for example, with a meal, when you wake up and before you go to bed
  • Drink water when you go out to eat. It will keep you hydrated, and tap water is free!

And here are some important signs to look out for, which will indicate dehydration:

  • Little or no urine
  • Darker coloured urine
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness or fatigue
  • Extreme thirst
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • No tears when crying

At DoCare we encourage our clients to stay hydrated, and have some nice branded water bottles for our staff to take out and about with them. So enjoy the summer, but remember to keep topping up on water!

This blog was written by Marie Pride, Team Leader for Stroud and Dursley. If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.