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Nutrition and Hydration Week

by Frankie Wythe on 27 February 2018 14:39

12th-18th March


 

Water makes u two thirds of  our bodies. It’s vital to drinkenough fluid otherwise you can become dehydrated. It is common that care home residents don’t drink enough so can become chronically dehydrated. Providing ready access to fluids throughout the day and helping residents to drink  safely helps prevent dehydration.

 

Why are older people likely to become dehydrated?

Older people are particularly prone to dehydration due to age related changes, particularly those affecting the kidneys. As we age our awareness of thirst decreases and older people taking certain medications can also affect fluid balance.

 

Why are older people sometimes reluctant to drink enough?

Some may believe that increasing the amount they drink will mean that they need to go to the toilet more often and are more likely to be incontinent– this is not the case                  Dehydration actually increased urinary frequency and          incontinence.

 

What happens if an older person does not drink enough in the long term?

Long term poor fluid intake increases the risk of: poor oral health, urinary tract infections, incontinence, constipation, pressure sores and increased risk of falls.  When older people feel thirsty, memory problems become worse and confusion is more likely.

 

How much should someone drink to be well hydrated?

The amount will be different for everyone but a good guide is 2 litres per day for a healthy adult. This is 6-8 glasses of fluid.

 

But remember, some foods can also contribute valuable fluids!

 

Water Content

Food Item

90-99%

strawberries; watermelon; lettuce; cabbage; spinach; pickles; squash

80-89%

apples; grapes; oranges; carrots; broccoli; pears; pineapple

70-79%

bananas; avocados; cottage cheese; ricotta cheese; potato (baked); corn (cooked); shrimp

60-69%

pasta; legumes; salmon; ice cream; chicken breast



www.nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk/

 



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