Senior Care in Old Greenwich CT
Drinking Water Week, celebrated this year during May 1 – 7, 2016, is an annual event sponsored by the American Water Works Association. It's a time when local water companies and communities work together to educate the public on drinking water safety and its importance to everyone. Of course, it's also an excellent time to look at how much water you and your loved one are drinking and find ways to bump up your water intake. Staying properly hydrated is incredibly important for your elderly loved one and for you, so take a look at some of these tips.
Mark the Day
One way to get more water is to use a glass of water to mark the different transitions of your loved one's day. When she gets up, she has a glass of water. When she's done with breakfast and ready to start watching her favorite TV show, she has a glass of water. At the different transition points of the day, she has another glass of water. If you both do this together, you can easily hit your water goal for the day.
Set an Alarm
Sometimes it's not easy to remember to drink water in between big activities. If you set some alarms throughout the day, though, that can be just what you need to remind yourself and your loved one that it's time for a glass of water. Once you get into a routine, you may even start to anticipate the alarm without realizing it.
Keep a Big Bottle Handy
If you and your loved one aren't much for schedules and sticking to a clock, try keeping a big bottle of water handy to sip on throughout the day. This is a good way for you to get your water intake up if you're busy and you have a moment to just sip until the bottle is empty.
Drink a Glass After Going to the Bathroom
Another way to get more water is to start associating one activity with having a glass of water. A great activity to use is going to the restroom. After going, it's time for a glass of water. You can think of it like "filling up the hopper" after emptying your bladder. This is also an easy way for both you and your loved one to form a habit.
Drink a Glass Before Meals
One more big activity that you can use as a way to help you get more water is meal time. Try drinking a glass of water before every meal and then having another during the meal itself.
Pick one or more of these tips until you find the ones that work for you and your loved one. If you're still having trouble adding more water to your loved one's day, try asking her senior care providers for other ideas.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Old Greenwich, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.