Hydration for vulnerable elderly people

February 28, 2017

For older people, hydration is especially important as the thirst system doesn’t function as it does when you are younger.

Dehydration can cause confusion, affect kidney function and affect the liver, joints and muscles, and can also cause cholesterol problems, headaches, reduced blood pressure, fatigue and constipation.

The benefits of remaining hydrated for elderly people are:

  • Fewer urinary tract infections
  • Better kidney health
  • Less danger of dizziness and falls
  • Better concentration
  • Reduced frequency of constipation
  • Reduced cost of care

It is essential to make drinking water accessible.

Watercoolers in nursing homes and hospitals encourages water intake by:

  • Having a watercooler nearby dispensing good tasting water will persuade elderly people to hydrate more frequently
  • A cooler with disposable cups means no more jugs and glasses with unappealing luke warm water
  • Many elderly people get dehydrated at night as they avoid drinking to avoid visits to the toilet.  In fact, hydration will reduce the urge to pass water
  • A water cooler also helps medical staff stay hydrated