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February 25, 2014

Non-Medical Home Care Focuses On Improving Senior Nutrition

Non-medical home care is becoming much more prevalent and a main focus is on senior nutrition. Today, more than five million American seniors are affected by under-nutrition or malnutrition. The result can cause a decline in physical activity and function, worsening of medical conditions, a weakened immune system and a higher mortality rate. It is important to watch for signs of malnutrition in elderly loved-ones and to provide them with the help they need in order to remain healthy and strong.

To watch an elderly loved-one age, become frail and lose some normal functioning is difficult. Many people have the tendency to chalk it up as the normal aging process, when in fact it does not have to be. There is no reason that a person in their 70s or 80s cannot be physically active. However, there are many factors that often play a role in why a senior may be malnourished.

  • Medications they are on may cause a diminished appetite
  • The loss of taste for certain foods
  • Depression
  • Dental Pain
  • Lack of transportation to get food
  • Living alone
  • Lack of money to purchase food
  • Dementia

Comfort Keepers® is a professional service that provides non-medical home care to seniors. One of their goals is to help improve the nutrition of seniors through many of their unique programs and services. Through their non-medical home care service, Comfort Keepers provides companionship care, interactive caregiving and programs to supply food to those seniors who may not be able to afford to eat regularly.

Companionship Care - These non-medical home care services provide the senior with a Comfort Keeper to prepare meals for them and help them remember to eat every day. Many times when seniors live alone they do not cook for themselves or remember to eat.

Interactive Caregiving® - This service engages the senior in grocery shopping, cooking meals, attending senior functions or dinners and helps make dining a fun experience. It has been shown that seniors will eat more when they have someone to share the meal and converse with.

Transportation Services - Comfort Keepers also provides transportation to those seniors who may not be able to drive anymore. By helping them run errands and grocery shop, the senior will be more likely to have food regularly stocked in their homes.

The key for families is to recognize the signs that their elderly loved-one may be under-nourished or malnourished. Being proactive about the problem can ensure that the senior remains happy, healthy and strong.

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