Proper hydration is important for everyone, but especially for your elderly family member. If you're finding it difficult to encourage him to drink, you might want to try a few of these ideas.
First Figure out How Much Water Your Senior Needs
The best way to determine how much water your elderly family member needs to drink each day is to talk to his doctor. The standard advice is often eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, but your senior may need more or less water depending on his situation. Having the right target starts you in the right direction.
What Does She Like to Drink?
Next, you need to pay attention to what your elderly family member already likes to drink. Plenty of people enjoy drinking plain water, but that's not the case for everyone. Sparkling water might be an option, as well as decaffeinated teas and sodas. Watch that whatever your elderly family member drinks regularly in place of plain water isn't high in sugar.
Use Alternatives that Are High in Water Content
If water just is not your senior's thing, you may feel as if you're fighting a losing battle. Some alternatives to water, like gelatin or soup, might be something she's a little more open to trying. Anything that melts or becomes more liquid in your senior's stomach is a good candidate.
Try Offering Water in Different Containers
Some people are picky about the container they're drinking from. For instance, you might be offering your senior water in single-serving water bottles, but he doesn't care for them. Using a straw in a glass or even in the bottle might help. Try switching things up with the container and see if that makes any sort of difference.
Consider Her Past Hydration Habits
In the past, did your senior wait until he was thirsty to take a few sips? It's possible that he's waiting for that thirst urge now, too. The problem with that is that aging adults often don't have the same thirst urges that they do when they're younger. You may find that you need to remind your aging family member to drink rather than waiting for him to have the urge.
This is an area in which senior care providers can help you and your aging adult. They can help to track fluid intake and give you updates about what works well for your aging family member and what isn't so popular. That information helps you to come up with other solutions.