Dehydration symptoms to be aware of in elderly people

Over the past 10 years, 1,158 care home residents died of thirst or while suffering from severe dehydration - an average of almost 10 people a month - according to a report by The Daily Telegraph.

Here are some symptoms of severe dehydration, according to the NHS:

  • Tiredness
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Low level of consciousness
  • Dry mouth, eyes that don't produce tears
  • Not passing urine for eight hours
  • Dry skin that sags slowly into position when pinched up
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Blood in stools/vomit
  • Low blood pressure
  • Sunken eyes
  • Weak pulse
  • Cool hands and feet
  • Seizures

Read: Norman Lamb: Care failings are entirely unacceptable

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1,158 care 'dehydration deaths'

1,158 care home residents died of thirst or while suffering from severe dehydration over the past decade, according to the Daily Telegraph reports. The Government has branded failings due to poor levels of care "entirely unacceptable".