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Do you know the signs that your loved one is dehydrated?

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2022 | Nursing Home Abuse

It can be difficult to make the decision to place your loved one in an assisted living facility. You may have taken significant time to ensure a certain quality of care. Still, it can be challenging to know whether your loved one will receive the care you expect.

Aging populations and people with disabilities often struggle with dehydration either because of their medications or conditions. Your loved one may also be vulnerable during certain activities or outings hosted by the facility. In some cases, by the time the symptoms are easy to recognize, you may need advanced support to get your loved one rehydrated.

These are some of the symptoms you should watch for that your loved one might be dehydrated.

Neurological symptoms

Water is essential for the body. When your loved one goes without proper hydration, it can impact their brain’s ability to support them. If your loved one seems confused, dizzy, lightheaded or inexplicably tired, these could be early signs that they are getting dehydrated.

Dehydration for seniors is different

Proper hydration is essential for everyone, but those who are part of the aging population are particularly vulnerable to becoming dehydrated. In addition to the circumstances that typically cause dehydration, seniors may take medications or have certain conditions that increase their need for water.

When you are setting your loved one up for support through an assisted living facility, you should talk to the staff about your loved one’s needs and expectations for their care. Keep in mind that abuse can happen in any care facility, so you should check in on your loved one to ensure they are receiving the type of care they need.