August 2021 – Beat the Summer Heat

 It’s summertime and with that comes the summer heat.  Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do to take care of yourself during this summer season.  We should generally be drinking roughly 11-16 cups of water daily depending upon your age, body size and activity level.  Hydration is important for a variety of reasons.  Here are just some of the benefits of maintaining proper hydration:

  • It regulates body temperature
  • It keeps joints lubricated
  • It helps prevent infections
  •  It delivers nutrients to cells
  • It helps keep organs functioning properly
  • It improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood

Good Shepherd Hospice reminds you that staying hydrated this summer is vital for caregivers in order to provide good care to loved ones.  It’s also important to understand that hydration needs change for patients in hospice care.  Nutritional and hydration needs are reduced as the body approaches end of life.  This is normal and not a reason for concern.  Our care teams help guide caregivers through this process and answer any questions or concerns that a caregiver might have along the way. 

For more information on proper patient hydration or to learn about how our care teams provide outstanding care to our patients and their loved ones during the summer heat, contact us today.