As we approach the summer months, it is important to remember to stay hydrated. An increase in heat can increase the risk of dehydration, especially in older adults. In extreme heat, monitor for signs and symptoms of dehydration such as:
Fruity beverages, smoothies, popsicles, jello-o, ice cream and fresh fruit high in fluid content, are great ways to stay cool and stay hydrated!
Here are some ways to promote hydration and minimize the risk of dehydration in Healthcare settings:
Hydration Cart Makeover – Having a theme for one or two days in the week can make hydration fun! (i.e. Ice Cream Cart, Root Beer Float Cart, Sunday Tea Cart). Add some decorations too for some extra appeal!
Juice Bar Station – Have a weekly taste testing of new juices to add some variety and flare! (i.e. Passion Fruit, Pineapple Mango, Blue Raspberry). Have the Residents vote on their favourite flavour!
Fruit Frenzie – Deliver a variety of fruit high in fluid content (i.e. watermelon, cantaloupe oranges).Cut them into shapes to make it exciting!
Pop by with Popsicles – Visit the Residents with a friendly greeting and a delicious treat!
Having a Visit? Bring a Beverage Along!
Whether you are visiting with a Resident or a Resident is joining in on a virtual call with friends or family, offer a beverage of choice to allow them to enjoy in good company!