Question marks over care home dehydration tests

Question marks over care home dehydration tests
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Researchers have found that standard tests used to identify dehydration are not working for older people living in care homes. Carers often look at a resident’s eyes and skin, or ask if he or she feels thirsty, tired or has a headache to see if the person is dehydrated. However, according to research from the…

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Deven Pamben has more than 15 years’ experience as a journalist, working on newspapers, trade magazines and online publications. A Criminology graduate, Deven worked for Hertfordshire Constabulary before becoming a journalist. He began his journalism career at a local newspaper in Hertfordshire before moving into trade magazines in permanent roles or as a freelancer. Titles he has reported and edited on include Law Society Gazette, Harpers Wine and Spirit, and Health Club Management. Deven has also written travel features for the Sunday People, and spent two years working in Beijing for the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China.