Free water used to drive home hydration message
A CARE company has been handing out free bottles of water at Derriford Hospital in a bid to show how important it is to stay well hydrated.
Staff from the Plymouth office of home-care provider Bluebird Care were also giving advice, alongside the mineral water, to staff and patients during Dehydration in Older People Awareness Week.
The initiative aimed to raise awareness that older people are more susceptible to dehydration than younger people, which commonly leads to secondary illnesses and infections.
Alexander Allan, director of Bluebird Care, said: "We are passionate about the finest details that can make people's lives more comfortable. It is part of our good old-fashioned service."
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Bluebird Care's medical advisers stress that as people age they are increasingly prone to dehydration because of factors such as lower body water percentage, loss of thirst and changes to kidney function. Such things as limited mobility, dementia, certain medications and self-limiting fluid intake due to incontinence can compound the problem.
The Duke of Edinburgh's recent bladder infection has been blamed on the 90-year-old not drinking water during the Diamond Jubilee river pageant.
Mr Allan said: "Dehydration is a large problem with a simple solution: stay hydrated and stay healthy".
Plympton-based Bluebird Care provides tailor-made home visits to customers and their families throughout Plymouth, Ivybridge, Modbury, Newton Ferrers, Noss Mayo, Yealmpton and Wembury.