Posted on Mar 11, 2016
Keeping Track of Your Seniors Diet and In Home Help
It is becoming more common for an elderly loved one to remain independent in their own home and community for as long as possible. Living in their familiar home environment and staying closer with family and friends in the community is very beneficial for an elderly loved one’s overall sense of mood and wellbeing. While it is wonderful to know a senior loved on is happy, it also great to know that they are healthy as well.
As we age, it becomes more important to watch what we eat. Empty calories become more useless and cleaner eating is so much better for us. There are many reasons why it is important to keep track of what your senior loved one is eating throughout the day. Our elderly loved ones need more Vitamin D and calcium for proper bone health, and Vitamin B12 for brain function. It is also important to incorporate fiber and healthy fats into their diet. There are many other ingredients that are necessary for proper health for our senior loved ones. While it is important that our senior loved ones get these vitamins and nutrients daily, how do we make sure that this is happening?
Family caregivers are very helpful for checking in on senior loved ones to make sure that they are doing okay and they are eating well. A family caregiver can stop in every evening to prepare a healthy meal with a variety of vegetables and lean meats, cooked with less salt and using whole grains when possible. If daily visiting is difficult for your family to do, it might be easier to create a meal plan for your senior loved one and prepare a week’s worth of meals every weekend. With some instructions on heating, your loved one will be set up for healthy eating through the week. If an elderly loved one has lost their appetite due to medications, it may be difficult to know how much they are eating in the day. Perhaps keeping bowls of nuts and fruit around the house will encourage healthy snacking.
Sometimes family is not in the area and weekly visits are not feasible. There is still a need for peace of mind when it comes to an independent elderly loved one’s health. In home help from Senior Helpers of Minnetonka makes it possible to keep track of your senior’s diet and makes it possible to rest easy knowing they are eating well. A highly trained and compassionate caregiver will be available throughout the day to prepare healthy meals and also provide any necessary medication reminders. The best way to keep track of your senior’s diet is to have someone there to help prepare fresh meals or provide conversation and company while they eat.
If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home help and the many benefits of professional elderly care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Minnetonka to speak to a senior care specialist today 952-392-1999! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Minnetonka provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Bloomington, Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, Saint Paul, Minnetonka, Lakeland, and White Bear Lake, Minnesota.