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Keeping those fluids up!

Posted by Julie Dundon AdvAPD on 13 February 2020
Keeping those fluids up!
Trying to meet hydration needs of older people is always challenging but it is even more challenging in the peak of Summer in Australia.  As described in the last article, many foods such as custard and soups provide fluid and some nutrition and these should be used as a priority.

Other practical strategies to increase fluid intake include:

  • Identify those at risk of dehydration
  • Record and review consumption
  • Encourage enthusiastically
  • Encourage residents to drink with others
  • Use familiar cups or mugs
  • Offer fluids at every meal and snack
  • Offer a wide variety of drinks
  • Offer preferred fluids - resident may drink cordial better than water
  • Offer iceblocks/ icecreams/ jellies
Author:Julie Dundon AdvAPD
Tags:Nutrition Professionals AustraliaRiskWaterFluidsDietitianAged CareMenusFood ServiceNutritionHydration