My grandma is late or end stage alzheimer's, she has been hospitalized twice in the last 6 months for dehydration. she is total care, she has to be fed but she will eat 90 to 100 % of every meal but she wont drink fluids. We are lucky if we get a 6 oz cup of liquids in her a day, and that is by holding the cup to her mouth and basically forcing her to drink. We don't like to do this as we are afraid that she will get choked and aspirate. How can we get her to take enough fluid to keep her hydrated?
Hi have you tried spoon feeding her liquids? I don't mean force but if she allows you to feed her will she let you spoon feed her broths, jello, gatorada and slip some water in there? I hope you find a way. Does she have any at home medical care maybe they just flat need to use an IV. Do you know her wishes, does she want her life supported with force if necessary to keep her alive. If you know her wishes it will help you make a decision on IV fluids. I am sorry I hope this helps some. Connie