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6 Tips to Help Your Senior as She Heals continued...

5. Keep her hydrated. When you're hydrated, your kidneys work well, and kidneys need to be in top form to deal with illness and healing. Lyles recommends that the people she works with place a full pitcher of water in the fridge in the morning, and to try to drink it all by the end of the day.

If your senior isn't able to get up and around, keep a water bottle by her bed or favorite chair. Water-rich fruits such as watermelon and broth soups can also help ward off dehydration.  

6. Get help. If your loved one loses 5% or more of her body weight, talk to her doctor, Lyles says. He can check for underlying problems, including digestion issues or depression. These problems can make it harder to maintain body weight and heal.