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Mealtime and Nutrition Care for your Elderly

Caregivers play an important role in providing feeding assistance during mealtimes to an elderly especially when they have physical or cognitive limitations.

The goal of mealtime and nutrition care is to ensure that the elderly person receives adequate nourishment, maintains hydration, and enjoys a positive dining experience.

Avoiding dehydration and malnourishment of your loved one.

What can our in-home caregivers do?

As your loved one’s caregiving service provider, we understand the significance of supporting their nutritional needs when preparing meals for them.

In fact, among the various tasks of our caregivers, mealtime assistance holds special importance in caring for your older loved one. It is the most viable way of maintaining their health and well-being as they age.

  1. Our agency recognizes that simple activities like chopping food or using silverware can become increasingly difficult for seniors.
  2. And as they advance in age and health, swallowing too can become more difficult, making it crucial to choose the appropriate food texture and proportions for them.
  3. That’s why we have compassionate and experienced home care aides who do their best to make sure your loved one’s nutritional needs are met. 
  4. From shopping for food to encouraging proper fluid intake, our caregivers will be great mealtime supporters to your elderly.
  5. Our caregivers can also help adhere to the dietary needs that may have been prescribed by their physician.

1st Call Home Care caregivers are committed to providing a warm and nurturing mealtime environment for your family member.

And they do this by preparing delicious, nutritious meals.

Providing companionship at the table also promotes your loved one’s well-being and makes their dining experience more enjoyable.

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Our mealtime and nutrition care services cover:

  1. Preparing a regular meal and snack schedule.
  2. Serving smaller portions of high-nutrient foods.
  3. Keeping track of what works and is liked.
  4. Preparing food as per the taste and choice of the elder.
  5. Consulting with their Dietician/Nutritionist to ensure the proper ratio of solid/liquid diet.

 

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Preparing Meals and Feeding Tips for  Your Older Loved One:

Nutrition and hydration are critical to staying healthy for the elderly. In fact, dehydration is a serious problem for them and can result in frequent hospitalizations. Poor nutrition too has been shown to cause slow recovery from an illness.

What can you do to avoid poor nutrition and dehydration in your older loved one?

  1. Establish a regular meal and snack schedule: carefully plan and prepare their meals, making sure it is well-timed (breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner) so they get nutritious food throughout the day.
  2. Offer smaller portions of high-nutrient foods: focus on providing meals that are rich in essential nutrients, catering to their dietary requirements, and that they receive the right balance of vitamins and minerals. Check with their physician if supplements are necessary and will not counteract any prescriptions they may have.
  3. Keep track of preferences: take note of what your loved one enjoys and what works well for them, making certain that their meals are both satisfying and enjoyable.
  4. Personalize their meal preparation: understand the importance of their individual tastes and choices; take great care to prepare food according to your elderly’s preferences, making mealtimes a pleasurable experience.
  5. Get expert guidance from dieticians if needed: For a well-rounded approach to nutrition, consult with a dietician to check that the ratio of solid and liquid diet is appropriate for your elderly’s specific needs and health conditions. You can ask their primary physician for a referral to get connected with a reliable diet and nutrition specialist.

The NCOA reports that approximately 1 out of 4 older adults in the United States is at risk of inadequate nutrition. This risk is particularly high among those who live alone, have limited mobility, or suffer from chronic health conditions.

If you or your loved one require nutritional care and help during mealtimes, or you need information about any of our specialized services, please click here – to schedule a phone call with our community relations representative.

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We’re always ready to answer your queries about mealtime and nutrition care for your older loved one.

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