In-Home Care for Seniors Helps Reduce Risk Of Dangerous Conditions

In-home caregivers can help maintain senior health.It’s summertime, and the living is easy. That is, except in warm climates where dehydration is a real concern. As we age, declining kidney function and our inability to recognize thirst both contribute to increased risk of dehydration. Not only that, but those who have a difficult time getting around are a lot less likely to get up for a glass of water, even if they do feel thirsty. Without someone to provide in-home care for seniors and to watch them for the symptoms of dehydration, the most vulnerable members of your family might be at risk.

In-home personal attendants can help keep seniors healthy at home.In the elderly, signs to watch for include loss of skin elasticity, dry mouth, lack of tears, and low urine output. As the condition worsens, you might notice your relative is confused, or appears weaker than normal. With scary symptoms like those, it’s no wonder dehydration is one of the top ten causes for hospitalization among Medicare patients.

Getting enough to drink is only part of the solution. It’s important to get adequate amounts of electrolytes as well. Fruits and fruit juices are good sources of electrolytes, as are sports drinks. The best defense, though, is to provide in-home care for seniors who might be at risk. Having someone on hand who knows what to watch for will not only help reduce the risk of a potential life-threatening illness, but it will ease your worry and make summertime more enjoyable for everyone.

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Originally posted 2010-07-13 01:00:09.

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About Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.