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More than 12 percent of pensioners arriving in UK hospitals from care homes are dehydrated, probably due to the laziness of staff that don’t want to deal with elderly incontinence issues. According to a study performed by the Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, more patients suffer from lack of fluids if admitted from care homes rather than their own homes. “Clearly this level of dehydration is a problem,” said Professor David Stuckler, author of the study. “Further research is needed to understand why it is occurring. Are care home residents choosing to drink less than they should? Or, as has been speculated, are care home staff not offering enough water to reduce incontinence and the amount of assistance their residents require?” These facts raise serious concerns about the quality of care provided in some care homes. Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK said: “Older people may need assistance with drinking, and we need to ensure that care home staff are trained to help them drink enough and avoid increased health risks associated with dehydration; like confusion, low blood pressure and falls, which can lead to hospitalization.”
Dehydration ‘common’ among patients admitted from care homes
Care home staff may leave pensioners dehydrated to stop incontinence