Nutrition and Healthy Eating Habits: Senior Care Services
When searching for professional help in regards to caring for a senior, loved one there are many different features that a family must discuss when looking for the best senior care service. There are many qualities that a family must take into consideration before choosing the correct senior care service. Qualities such as commitment, good judgment, and creativity may be the most important for daily activities, but also a necessary factor in each day for choosing the best eating and nutrition plan. Eating healthy and nutritional foods will make the senior feel better throughout the day, sharpen their mind, and increase the possibility of living longer.
Comfort Keepers® caregivers provide meal preparation and senior care services that help seniors eat healthy meals. Many caregivers follow a similar senior food pyramid that combines fruit, veggies, calcium, grain and proteins. When searching for the right fruits it is important to incorporate whole fruits rather than sugar filled juices. Like vegetables, while picking fruits it is important to choose the ones that are full of color. Providing one and a half to two cups each day is a safe range. Vegetables may be the most important food through out the day because they are full of antioxidants, which will help fight sickness. Eat a variety of different vegetables including dark, leafy greens and vibrant colored items such as carrots, peppers, and squash.
Calcium is vital in maintaining strong bones and can be taken a variety of different ways. Yogurt, milk, and cheese are all excellent ways to gain the correct amount of calcium each day. When searching for grains it is important to stay away from processed white flour, and take in more whole grains. Whole grains can be found in certain pastas, breads, and cereals.
Finally, protein is an essential part of a seniors diet and should take in roughly a half gram per pound of body weight each day. Proteins enable the body to produce lasting energy through out the day while maintaining a sufficient amount of muscle mass. Senior care services provide help with a variety of different day-to-day routines including regulating a healthy and nutritious diet.
Call Comfort Keepers today to learn more about our senior care services and to schedule your free in-home consultation!