The elderly are subject to loss of body fluids more than most other sections of the population. When seniors drink less water, they feel a lesser need for it and this can lead to dehydration. The medications seniors take may be diuretics and also contribute to a lack of fluids in the body.
The symptoms of dehydration can be clouded by other conditions that seniors experience. A dehydrated person may have a sudden onset fever and the senior care provider could mistake this as a sign of infection or virus and not even consider dehydration. With excessive loss of body fluid left unchecked it can become worse due to the fever.
Mild dehydration can be diagnosed by excessive dry mouth, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Lack of urine or dark urine can be another indication. Severe dehydration is evidenced by disorientation, low blood pressure, muscle weakness, and lack of muscle elasticity. A person offering senior care services should contact a physician if these symptoms are observed.
The senior suffering these symptoms should not just be given a large amount of water as this may cause vomiting and only exacerbate the problem. In cases of severe hydration a senior care provider or physician may administer IV fluids to safely and effectively deliver necessary fluids. Excessive loss of body fluid is a potentially serious problem for seniors.? Avoiding dehydration and all of the associated symptoms requires careful attention on the part of a senior care provider.