Throughout life – this time of year especially – staying hydrated is key to good health. The body uses water to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. When it loses water in the processes of breathing, sweating, and digestion, it must rehydrate by intaking fluids.
Summer’s extreme heat can be a problem for individuals of any age and health conditions, but those with kidney disease need to take extra precautions to ensure they have a happy and safe summer. Take advantage of the opportunity of sunny days to enjoy activities and gentle exercise, but keep the tips below in mind.
With summer’s soaring temperatures, dehydration is always a concern. However, when an individual has dementia, the risk becomes much greater as they may forget to take a drink. Even if they feel parched, an individual with advanced dementia may not be able to process that sensation and know that a drink of water could help.
One of the most vexing – even heartbreaking – issues that seriously ill patients and their families face is the fact that referrals to hospice care often aren’t made until they are literally on their deathbeds. This is especially true for renal failure hospice patients. Renal failure is otherwise known as kidney disease.