Older people are at an especially high risk of dehydration.

As we age, our thirst reflex can start to not work so well. We might become less mobile, worry about incontinence or have difficulty swallowing – all of these contribute to our risk of becoming dehydrated.

I-Hydrate was a project which involved staff in two care homes in London and researchers from the University of West London. Our aim was to optimise the amount of fluid consumed by older care home residents.

Using what we learned in the course of the project, we have created:

a downloadable resource pack and video series for use in care homes.

an infographic that anyone can use, with handy hints on preventing hydration in older people.

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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