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Will the patient eat soup? Suck on ice pops? Eat watermelon or other melons?

Fluids don't have to be liquids in order to hydrate.
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The NH for my MIL provided a measured jug of the required fluid for the day, and MIL knew she was supposed to get through it. It did help more than just saying 'you have to drink'.
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Thank you! Will try the ice pops and watermelon!
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Jello also works.  These help to avoid the need for IV fluids, and dehydration causes problems (falling, UTI,s etc.)   It can also be a sign of nearing the end of life, along with not eating.
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