Hydration is very important in caring for the elderly. Elderly residents are more susceptible to dehydration and may present symptoms that look much like symptoms from other causes.
Caregivers who can identify these symptoms in those residents who have dementia and cannot verbalize their needs, is especially important. Knowing what to look for in these residents is vital to managing their care. Fatigue, restlessness, dizziness, confusion, dry mouth, and palpitations are some of the possible symptoms of dehydration.
Offering water on a regular basis is important. Assisted living communities should offer residents easy access to water in common areas. Better yet, having a hydration schedule is a proactive approach to keeping residents hydrated and happy.