Welcome to summer! This glorious season brings extra concern for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Hydration is always an issue for people with Alzheimer’s, since they may forget to drink, or may have swallowing problems or other difficulties ingesting enough liquid.
Try these tips to help your loved one with Alzheimer’s get the fluid they need to stay healthy.
- If drinking is difficult, try offering a drink with a straw. Special, one-way straws are available for those with difficulty swallowing. These straws include a valve that prevents the liquid from returning to the cup. In this way, someone with poor suction can drink with less effort — and less choking and coughing. These straws are also useful for those with COPD or other breathing issues.
- Hydration doesn’t just mean water. Many foods have high water content.
Offer your loved one the pleasures of summer’s fruit and vegetables, especially such favorites as watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, berries, grapes, cucumbers, and tomatoes. If required, these water-rich foods can be blended into a consistency that makes it easy for your loved one to partake.
Try these healthy, delicious “mocktails” to entice your loved one to increase their fluids.
- Semi-solid foods, such as jello, also provide hydration. Many solid foods, such as oatmeal, can be blended with a little extra water to provide nutrition and hydration.
At Hamilton Grove Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Hamilton, NJ, we are experts in handling all levels of cognitive impairment, from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
We have created a unique environment and care program specifically designed to address the needs of this population. Our Alzheimer’s Unit is situated in a separate, secure wing to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents. It offers a structured daily routine, mind-stimulating activities, excellent social interaction, with optimal patient independence in a calm and soothing atmosphere.
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