A person who is living with dementia may not be able to tell you if they are too hot – hungry – light headed – tired or thirsty.
If you are caring for someone with dementia, please try to make sure the person drinks plenty of fluids.
Drinking water regularly and especially during these very hot spells can ensure the body is kept hydrated.
Dehydration can happen all too easily and quickly. Look out for dizziness, dry lips and mouth. Try to find out if the person has a headache.
To help good hydration routines:
- Take a drink at the same time as the person you care for.
- Recognition may help the person remember and repeat the routine.
- Leave a jug of prepared squash in the fridge – Show the person where it is.
Enjoy the sun safely. Remember to hydrate yourself and people you care for. Drink Water – Semi-Skimmed Milk – Juice. Try not to drink fizzy drinks or caffeine.
See NHS for further advice: www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Dehydration/Pages/Symptoms.aspx