Houston Home Care Tips

One of the most common behaviors our case managers see among the elderly is that they do not drink enough fluids, especially water. When a case manager at CareWorks, a private duty home care agency in Houston, Texas, performs an assessment, one of the questions they ask the family is how much water does your parent drink? Most of the time the answer to the question is I don’t know or not enough. Did you know that approximately 75% of the human body is made up of water? Water is important for your body and your brain to function properly. Being only 2% dehydrated can seriously affect your physical and mental functions.

When I was performing an assessment with an elderly lady, I asked her “How much water do you drink per day?” She replied, “I drink two large glasses of water each day.” I asked her if I could see the glass. She said, “No problem.” When she brought the glass to me it was a small juice glass. We had a conversation about how important water is for a healthy life and she agreed to have our caregiver remind her to drink more water.

How much water should you drink?

There is no simple answer, although most of us should drink more water. We’ve all heard that we should drink 8 glasses of water per day. Well, that depends on your health, activity level and other factors. The best thing to do is ask your doctor what is right for you.

Benefits of drinking water include:

  • Assists in removing toxins from the body
  • Assists in nutrient absorption and is very important for digestion
  • Aids in circulation
  • May prevent urinary tract infections and kidney stones
  • Lack of water can lead to short-term memory loss and confusion

To learn more about the health and well-being of the elderly visit www.careworks.biz.

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CareWorks remains current with the most up-to-date home care  training and methodologies to better assist clients and their loved ones. We have just introduced our updated Memory Care Program for Houston area residents. There are many reasons to consider this form of specialty care for people suffering from an age related cognitive disorder like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s Disease.

Houston Home Care Stories

By Sarah M. Kern

Who is that person in my house? She keeps making suggestions for things for me to do. She keeps reminding of things I need to do. She helps me dress, take a shower and cook my food. I have taken care of myself for the past fifty plus years; I do not need someone to help me now. Who is this person? We are now walking around the block. I have not walked around the block in years because I was afraid I would fall. Look at those beautiful flowers and the squirrels playing. I had forgotten about the playground and the sounds of children having fun. I hope I don’t get a cold from this outside walk.