It is all too easy for seniors to become severely dehydrated, and for a variety of reasons. Often you may not realize how dehydrated your senior is until something else happens. Treating severe dehydration quickly and properly is essential to making sure your senior does not continue to lose more fluids.
Severe Dehydration Defined
Severe dehydration means that your elderly family member has lost over 10 percent of the fluid from her body. That means that she’s also depleted her electrolytes, which are crucial along with fluid for survival. Just drinking some water is not going to be enough at this point for her to recover safely, for several reasons. First, plain water doesn’t contain everything your senior needs. Second, she would need to drink more water than she may be able to safely drink at this stage. That means other treatment options are necessary.
Why Is Your Senior Dehydrated?
There are a multitude of reasons that your elderly family member can become dehydrated. She may take medications that cause her to urinate more frequently and simultaneously she’s not drinking enough to replace those fluids. Or she might have chronic health conditions, like diabetes, that cause her to have similar issues. If your elderly family member is battling cancer or other serious illnesses, she may find that the treatments contribute to her dehydration.
Oral rehydration may be an option for your senior, but that needs to be done properly. Electrolyte solutions that contain both glucose and essential salts and minerals mixed with water are preferable, because they add fluids along with the vital nutrients that are also missing. Your senior will need frequent monitoring with this option to ensure that she’s properly and safely rehydrating.
If your elderly family member has been dehydrated for a long period of time or is experiencing increasing dehydration, her doctor may recommend intravenous rehydration. This may be the case if your elderly family member is having a difficult time keeping fluids down or if she’s unable to stay awake. She would need careful monitoring with IV rehydration therapy as well to ensure that her body is able to rehydrate safely.
Severe dehydration may be manageable at home for your senior by home health care providers. This is especially important if she’s likely to become dehydrated again or has chosen to have her health managed at home as much as possible.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Health Care in Henderson, NV please contact the caring staff at Essential Care today at (833) 630-3703.