Carer Series The Importance of Hydration in the Older Person
CPD Hours / Duration
0.5 hour/s
Depends on Membership level

Carer Series The Importance of Hydration in the Older Person

Presenter Jules Aitken, Nurse Education Consultant

Jules Aitken is an Endorsed Nurse Practitioner specialising in Diabetes, Chronic Disease and Weight Management.  She attained her Masters of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).   She is also a registered Credentialed Diabetes Educator (CDE) registered with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) gaining her Certificate of Diabetes Management at the University of Technology Sydney.   She has worked within the diabetes, chronic disease and weight loss management field for over 15 years

Working both independently and within specialist clinics, Jules coordinates the care of clients with complex diabetes, chronic conditions and weight loss.  She also provides education and completes assessments within residential aged care facilities, disability and home care.

She has participated in research projects involving chronic disease management, weight loss and diabetes and has presented at nursing, allied health, medical and community events at local, State and National level.  She is a mentor for diabetes educators with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association and also provides education and mentorship for student nurses, EENs, RNs and other health professionals within private organisations. 

Jules has worked with local, State and Federal government organizations most notably a Primary Care Network as a member of a working committee establishing health pathways for aged care, diabetes and chronic pain and also as a member of their quality improvement committee.

Course Content

Hydration is essential to life.  Maintaining adequate hydration for good health can be a challenge in the older person.

Ensuring adequate hydration will assist with healing, digestion, and reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs), constipation and delirium.

This webinar for carers and assistants in nursing provides an overview of strategies to assist with adequate hydration in the older person for good health.

Target Audience

Learning Outcomes

In this session you will:

  • Gain an understanding of hydration required by the older person both in sickness and health
  • Gain an understanding of how to monitor fluid input and output
  • Understand the importance of hydration on a person’s health
  • Identify strategies to assist the older person achieve adequate hydration