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Watching Your Loved One’s Fluid Intake Vital Task for Caregivers

Posted Aug 05 2011 12:00am

During my mother’s last month’s of life, she continually complained to me that the nursing home staff was always pushing liquids. Mom’s appetite was poor, and had been for quite awhile. The staff at the home was concerned about Mom’s weight loss, but they were less pushy about food than fluids. I tried to tell Mom how important it was that she drink plenty of fluids, but she’d wrinkle her nose and say she didn’t want more. Thus, preventing dehydration was a constant battle when caring for Mom.

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