Recommendations for daily water consumption range from just over two liters for women and three liters for men. It’s very possible that your parents are not drinking enough. While some of their water intake comes from the foods they eat, that only accounts for about 20 percent each day.
To prevent dehydration, urinary tract infections, and health issues like kidney stones, your parents need to drink plenty of water. They may not need as much on cold days when they’re not active as they will during a heatwave. Regardless of the weather, a few glasses of plain drinking water are important. What do you do if they don’t drink a lot of water?
Fill Two Pitchers
Keep two pitchers of water in the refrigerator. Add lemon slices to one and frozen fruit to another. If the water is infused with fruit flavor, your parents may drink more. Add ice to a glass and fill it throughout the day.
Make Iced Tea
A lot of caffeine may not be advised for your mom or dad, but you can make herbal iced tea. Make it from tea bags or loose tea mixes if you want. You could also use items growing in the garden and make them.
Herbs like mint, lemon balm, and basil are easy to grow and make fantastic tea blends. Add fruit that you grow in the garden like raspberries and strawberries. You can also add flowers like chamomile and rose hips.
To make these teas, steep the herbs and fruit in hot water. Allow to cool and move the container into the refrigerator until needed. Serve the tea over ice.
Invest in a Soda Maker
Are your parents not likely to drink water? If you have a parent who is a big soda drinker, start making sodas for them. Invest in a soda maker but make your own soda syrups. Use natural fruit juices to flavor the carbonated water.
As they get used to the homemade soda you’re serving them, you can slowly cut down on the juice you add. Eventually, you might get them drinking plain seltzer. You can keep flavoring it with peel or natural flavorings.
Home care services can help you keep track of how much your parents drink each day. If they’re not drinking enough, a gentle reminder will help. You don’t have to worry about them while you’re trying to work when you arrange home care for them. You’ll have peace of mind knowing the caregiver is there.
If you or an aging loved one needs Home Care in Carmichael, CA, remember Senior Home Care Services. Call us at (916) 514-7006 for more information.