Monthly Archives: September 2016

Risk Factors for Elderly Dehydration

There are several risk factors you should recognize that heighten the risk of developing hydration tipsdehydration. Understanding these risk factors can lower the risk for dehydration. Factors include:

  • Swallowing disorders caused by stroke, Parkinson’s disease or dementia
  • Obesity
  •  Over 85 years old
  • Being bedridden
  • Diarrheavomiting or excessive sweating
  • Having 5 or more chronic diseases
  • Taking 5 or more prescription medications
  • Diminished drinking due to fear of incontinence

Chronic dehydration in elderly patients can wreak havoc on the body, although it’s not always readily apparent.

7 Tips to Help Prevent Dehydration

  1. drink small amounts of fluids throughout the day, rather than drinking large amounts all at once.
  2. Five 8-ounce glasses of water per day is a good bench. Although everyone’s needs are different, studies have shown that elderly adults who drink 5 glasses of water experience lower rates of fatal coronary heart disease.
  3. Avoid coffee, alcohol and high-protein drinks, especially in large quantities, because they have a diuretic effect. This leads to a greater loss of body water, which can cause or exacerbate dehydration.
  4. Encourage older adults to drink water, milk or juice with every meal, and keep favorite beverages nearby.
  5. Recognize the early warning signs of dehydration. Warning signs include fatigue, dizziness, thirst, dark urine, headaches, dry mouth/nose, dry skin and cramping.
  6. Remember that foods high in water, like fresh fruits, vegetables and some dairy products, can help daily water needs. Eat  foods high in water.
  7. Fear of incontinence can diminish the urge to drink voluntarily. Therefore, drink more during the day and limit drinking before bed. Additionally, drinking small amounts of water throughout the day may help.

Please see the Drip drop website for more information

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team



World Alzheimers day September 21st 2016

We are celebrating World Alzheimer’s Day on Wednesday 21 September 2014. This annual alzheimers dayevent is a fantastic opportunity to focus on the great work going on all over the world to fight dementia.

World Alzheimer’s Day, , is a day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.

Every 68 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. At current rates, experts believe the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s will quadruple to as many as 16 million by the year 2050.

Alzheimer’s disease is often called a family disease, because the chronic stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects everyone. 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. With the increases in life spans and baby boomers coming of age, support for Alzheimer’s research is more critical to our families than ever.

Fundraising resources

To support your fundraising during the World Alzheimer’s Day Campaign, we have put together a toolkit full of some fantastic fundraising ideas and a few tips on how to make the most of your event:

World Alzheimer’s Day toolkit

World Alzheimer’s Day quiz

We have also produced some posters that you can download to help you promote your event:

World Alzheimer’s Day posters

To help you organise your cake sale, we’ve produced a handy guide of health and safety tips you can download:

Health and safety guide

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team

NEW Petal Back Open Back Clothing Stock/Colours!

We just wanted to let you know that NEW stock (including some pretty and stylish new modern Capturecolours in ladies blouses, dresses and nightwear) has recently arrived into our warehouse of our popular Petal Back Open Back Clothing range.

The Petal Back Clothing range is a unique range of open back clothing, which is dignified, comfortable and attractive and allows for ease of dressing for the wearer and the nurse/carer, thus reducing stress and pain for all concerned. The range includes daywear, nightwear and underwear for ladies and petal bckgentlemen without using buttons, studs or Velcro.

Petal Back Open Back Clothing is designed particularly for people that suffer from restricted mobility, are bedridden or disabled. The unique “Petal Back” design with generous shoulder to shoulder overlaps and no fastenings greatly assists those who arepetal back 1 physically challenged with arthritis and stroke victims together with being a practical option for those with dementia where inappropriate disrobing or incontinence may be an issue.


  • Petal Back Clothing slides up the arms then over the head and folds at the back for complete dignity
  • No Velcro and No Studs that my scratch or damage delicate skin
  • No lifting is necessary – easing pain and suffering for both wearer and carerpetal bck2
  • Durable, high quality fabrics that are soft on skin yet able to withstand industrial laundering
  • Daywear and Nightwear including nightshirts, nighties, polo shirts, blouses, dresses and vests
  • Available in sizes 8 – 22

Do take a look at our full range of Petal Back Open Back Clothing including:petal bck3

  • Petal Back Ladies Nighties – new colours available!
  • Petal Back Ladies Blouses, Polo Shirts & Dresses – new colours available!
  • Petal Back Men’s Nightshirts & Polo Shirts – new stock available!
  • Petal Back Unisex Vests

Best Wishes

Adaptawear Team