People will become dehydrated when they drink or consume less fluid than the body needs to perform its functions. When a person is dehydrated, the whole body is affected. Elders may not get enough fluid for a number of reasons.
When working with elders be sure to push fluids throughout the day and document intake. Keep in mind that there are some clients who have fluid restrictions because of health issues and caregivers need to be mindful of these limitations. In these cases all fluid intake is generally monitored and charted. Contact Care Director if you are informed of any new fluid restrictions by a family or facility.
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