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8 to hydrate

The importance of staying hydrated – particularly for older people – cannot be underestimated.  Dehydration can cause people to be more sleepy, unsteady on their feet and more likely to suffer from falls but symptoms are often hard to recognise.

Each year, many older people in East Staffordshire end up requiring medical treatment or even hospital admission as a result of not drinking enough fluid throughout the day.

The ‘8 to hydrate’ event, organised by Virgin Care and Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust alongside partners South Staffs Water, East Staffordshire CCG, Staffordshire County Council and Age UK South Staffordshire, has been designed to raise awareness of the early symptoms and signs of dehydration and to provide information on how to prevent it.

The event launched  advice and materials designed to encourage local residents to stay hydrated, with a particular focus on older people  – who are more likely to suffer complications and require medical treatment if they become dehydrated.

Print-ready materials are available below:

8 to hydrate drink tracker – a reusable A5 tracker to help you and your patients keep track of how much they have had to drink during a day and the benefits it will bring.

8 to hydrate posters – two posters – one for a health setting and one for a more public or home setting.

8 to hydrate – health advice sheet  – an advice sheet for professionals to use to note key points from their consultation, which also includes a reminder to stay hydrated. Print these out for use in your team.

Copies of the trackers and the posters can be requested by contacting