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Water is another important part of basic nutrition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), water assists your body with the following:
• Keeps the body temperature normal.
• Lubricates and cushions joints.
• Protects spinal cord and other sensitive tissues.
• Gets rid of waste through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements Getting enough water every day is necessary to stay healthy. As residents get older they are prone to become dehydrated and lose more water than they put back into their bodies. As a person gets older, he/she may have a decreased sense of thirst.
Signs of Dehydration.
Speak to your supervisor if you feel a resident is not receiving enough fluid throughout the day. Some signs you may notice if a resident is dehydrated:
• Eyes that are sunken or dry.
• Mouth that is dry.
• Less active.
• Lower amounts of urine output.
• Skin changes.
• Decreased skin turgor.
Some residents may not like to drink water. Here are some alternative sources of hydration beyond a glass of water:
• Broth soups.
• Other fruits, such as oranges.