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The Family Caregiver becoming Dehydrated (and What to Do)

Caregiver in Queen Creek AZ

While you’re running around trying to be the family caregiver for your aging mother or father, especially if you have a full-time job, multiple part-time jobs, and maybe numerous other responsibilities, you Caregiver in Queen Creek AZmight not be paying attention to some of the more subtle aspects of your own health. One of those is to remain properly hydrated throughout the day.

Most medical professionals recommend that a person drink eight glasses of water every single day. That would be 64 total ounces of water, at a minimum. Most water bottles that you can purchase in a store contain 16 ounces, approximately. Some may contain 14 ounces while others are slightly larger. In essence, you should be drinking at least four full bottles of water every single day if you choose bottled water, or eight short glasses of water.

If you’re not getting that much water on a daily basis, you are increasing your risk of becoming dehydrated. Drinking soda, alcoholic beverages, and even coffee is not giving your body the proper hydration it needs to stay in good condition. Many people incorrectly assume that just because they drink something liquidy that it’s doing the body the same good as just drinking water. Even drinking lemonade that is created using a powdery substance and adding water isn’t giving the body the same type of hydration as drinking straight water.

When you become dehydrated you have a tendency to become more fatigued, have lower energy levels, and you may even experience some level of memory loss or difficulty keeping track of valuable information. There are things you can do to help prevent dehydration, especially as the temperatures turn warmer in the later spring and summer months. When you’re running around trying to get everything done during the day it can be almost overwhelming to try and keep track of every single thing.

The best thing any family caregiver can do to protect themselves and to ensure the highest quality of care for their aging loved one is to consider professional in-home care providers to help out.

These professional caregivers who are hired through a local home care agency can assist for just one day a week, if that’s all that’s needed to get everything done. This can help the family caregiver focus on the most important thing in their life, which is staying healthy themselves. For any family caregiver who feels run down, worn out, or maybe even dehydrated, drink plenty of water and sit down with the elderly individual and talk about the prospect of professional home care. It could do a world of good for both of you.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregiver services in Queen Creek, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 351-4473. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.