Throughout July, temperatures have risen to 30 degrees and above.
Whilst many of us love the summer sunshine, it is important to remember that dehydration is a very real risk for the elderly – something which can cause major detrimental effects on mental and physical health, especially for those in a state of cognitive decline.
At Nellsar, we take the hydration of those in our care very seriously and our staff work hard to help and encourage their residents to keep well hydrated every day.
They take steps to ensure that:
- Water jugs are kept full
- ‘Hydration station’ jugs and decanters are kept topped up with ice – no one likes warm cordial!
- Those who require encouragement to keep hydrated are encouraged regularly
- Residents in their rooms are checked regularly and always have access to water
- Cups are suited to residents’ abilities
- Residents’ preferences are adhered to when it comes to hydrating refreshments
- There is always a good choice of hydrating drinks, snacks and meals on offer, including ice lollies, fruit juices, iced teas and coffee, fruits, vegetables, salads, soups and smoothies.
We are dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of our residents and understand that good hydration plays a critical part in keeping people well.