Maintain A Healthy Diet With In Home Senior Care From Our Agency in Royal Oak, MI
In home senior care by Comfort Keepers of Royal Oak, MI includes caregivers who are trained in all phases of senior nutrition
Moving into our golden years brings with it many challenges, one of these is having difficulty with simple tasks such as preparing nutritious meals.
No elderly person should ever have to go without proper nutrition!
When faced with being unable to cook healthy, nutritious meals, many seniors turn to foods that are easy to cook such as TV dinners and boxed meals. None of these have much in the way of nutritional value.
At Comfort Keepers of Royal Oak, MI our in home senior care plans include a professional caregiver who has received specialized training in senior nutrition.
Give us a call at (248) 236-5627 to learn more!
Is Good Senior Nutrition Really That Important?
As we grow older we start to slow down and some of our senses (especially taste and smell) begin to diminish. Add in the various prescription medications and suddenly your loved one:
- Might find their body becomes slower at absorbing outside nutrients
- Start to see a decrease in appetite
- Might find their body becomes slower at producing natural nutrients
- Notice changes in their sense of taste
When seniors start to cut back on their nutrition they are far more likely to suffer from a variety of illnesses, diseases, and injuries such as broken bones. Poor senior nutrition can also make it take longer for your loved one to recover or heal.
Our Caregivers Can Help in Many Ways
Our in home senior care plans and caregivers have a lot to offer your loved one, including:
Putting together meal plans – our caregivers make planning meals fun! They can swap favorite recipes, look for new ones, and make sure all meals meet the necessary personal, religious, and medical dietary needs.
Taking care of the shopping – if your loved one can no longer drive or handle heavy shopping carts, our caregivers can provide them with safe transportation to their favorite grocery stores and help with the shopping. When your loved can't help, our caregivers can take care of the shopping for them.
A whizz in the kitchen – our caregivers may not be chefs, but they know their way around the kitchen. They can help with any preparation tasks your loved one can't manage, such as peeling, cutting, and chopping (of course, your loved one would benefit from taking part in these tasks). Our caregivers can help with preparing or prepare healthy, nutritious meals and take care of everything right down to doing the dishes.
Friendly assistance with eating – when your loved one is struggling to feed themselves due to illness, disease, or injury our caregivers can assist without making your loved one feel embarrassed. They can also prepare meals that are easier for your loved one to eat.
Our Caregivers and Your Loved One Working Together!
Living on a fixed income leaves many seniors wondering if they can pay their bills let alone buy healthy foods. When this happens, many turn to processed foods that have almost nothing in the way of senior nutrition.
Along with our in home senior care programs, there are several agencies (local, state, and federal) that can help with ensuring your loved one can buy the nutritious foods they need. Our caregivers can work with your loved one to use these foods to create amazing meals. Other services like Meals on Wheels can deliver hot meals during the week and leave ready to heat and eat meals for the weekends.
Common assistance agencies include:
- The National Council on Aging SNAP Program
- USDA Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
- Meals On Wheels Meal Delivery Program
- Silver Cuisine Meal Delivery Program
There are ways you can help such as:
- Creating a shopping list to stick to
- Looking out for coupons or sales
- Shopping for foods that are in season
- Seeing what you can get at the grocery store versus a farmer's market
- Growing your own fruits and veggies
- Reading and comparing food labels (healthy doesn’t always mean expensive!)
- Storing food in the refrigerator or freezer so they keep longer
- Buying fresh food options first
Just because seniors require fewer calories doesn't mean they don't need to eat a well-balanced diet. Be sure you include foods like these in their diet:
- Low Fat Dairy
- Whole Grain
The best way to learn about your loved one's senior nutrition needs is to talk to their physician. You can also glean a wealth of information from the caregivers who are part of our in home senior care program, they are always happy to share.
Keep in mind that not all foods are as healthy as they claim to be. Make sure you read the nutrition labels to get the real information.
A typical nutrition label:
Image provided by the National Council On Aging
What About Your Loved One's Favorite Dishes?
It is vital that your loved one maintains a healthy diet, but this doesn't mean they have to give up their favorite dishes and treats. Instead, it means you need to learn how to make them a lot healthier. You can do this by cutting back on the sugar/salt/fats typically used to make them.
If you would like more information on senior nutrition or our in home senior care, please contact Comfort Keepers of Royal Oak, MI at (248) 236-5627. Our agents can answer your questions and schedule your free care consultation with one of our senior care advisors.