Keeping hydrated

Don’t Dry Out!

It’s important to keep an eye on older relatives and ensure that they’re not getting dehydrated. Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT), in association with South East Water, have launched ‘Don’t Dry Out’, which can help to keep track of how much someone is drinking throughout the day.

The advice is to have at least EIGHT big drinks per day in hot weather - these can be water, fruit juice, squash or tea. Most people tend to drink less than they need to – particularly older people who may not be as sensitive to changes in temperature as they used to be.

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You can download a handy drinks tracker here. Print and laminate, then use a wipeable marker pen to cross off a tea cup when you or your family member has a drink.

Early signs of dehydration are:

• Thirst
• Rarely needing to visit the toilet
• Darker than normal urine

Later symptoms include: 

• Feeling dizzy or light-headed
• Having a headache
• Feeling tired
• A dry mouth, lips or eyes

Remember that one to three is healthy wee, four to eight you must hydrate!

You can find more information about dehydration on the NHS Choices website http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Dehydration/Pages/Prevention.aspx

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