Elderly Care Service Providers Meet Meal Preparation Challenges
Meal preparation is one of the biggest concerns for family members and other caregivers trying to provide elderly care services. Good nutrition will keep seniors living longer; unfortunately creating appealing meals according to dietary restrictions is difficult for some caregivers. In fact, family members who care for a loved one with over 3 nutritional risk factors are likely to experience stress.
3 Most Common Nutritional Risks
According to Neighborly Home Care, an elderly care service, the 3 most common nutritional risks are as follows:
- Taking more than 3 prescribed, over-the-counter prescription drugs.
- Losing over 10 lbs in 6 months without exercising.
- Developing an illness/condition that may cause dietary changes.
How to Prepare for Dietary-Specific Challenges
Caregivers can try some of the following tips to reduce the pressure and ensure that elderly loved ones eat healthy meals:
- Create a grocery list of ingredients that your loved ones can eat.
- Buy fresh and organic fruits/vegetables. Steam or sauté vegetables over low heat to minimize the loss of nutrients.
- Listen to your loved ones’ concerns and, if possible, go to the store with them. Shopping together can be a fun shared experience and you will learn what they enjoy most.
- Browse through online recipes until you know you can make something that is both delicious and safe for your loved one.
- When your loved one enjoys a new recipe, save it and in the future, make enough for more than one meal so additional servings can be frozen for easy future access.
- If your loved one is able, try preparing the meal together. The prep and cooking time will be more pleasant and create special memories, as well as keep your loved one active and engaged.
- Use herbs, spices and healthy oils to season food when possible. The senses of smell and taste diminish with age and elderly people may tend to use more salt even though they need less salt than younger people.
Talk to the doctor about possible supplement needs. It is more difficult for elderly loved ones’ bodies to process certain vitamins and minerals, such as B12, B6 and folic acid, which are necessary to maintain mental alertness, a keen memory and good circulation. When providing elderly care, meal preparation is a challenge for many caregivers, but it is possible. With proper planning and organization your loved ones can enjoy delicious and nutritional meals without fear.
Trust Neighborly Home Care for Skilled Elderly Care
All caregivers from Neighborly Home Care are certified nursing assistants or have received equivalent training and passed a nurse aid skills assessment test. Neighborly Home Care wants to make sure that seniors get the best and most affordable in-home care. Neighborly Home Care is a leading home care provider in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and/or Delaware County. To learn more about our elderly care services, caregivers, and other initiatives, contact Neighborly Home Care today.
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