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How to Encourage a Healthy Diet in Your Senior Loved One's Life

The last time you performed a senior wellness check for your elderly loved one, did you stop to check out what they’ve been eating? Many friends and family of seniors are more concerned with keeping their homes clean and safe than monitoring their refrigerators. However, seniors are at particular risk of falling into bad eating habits. As their strength and mobility begin to deteriorate, they might not want to invest the same time they once did into cooking wholesome meals. As a result, they gravitate towards simple but unhealthy foods like boxed dinners and microwaveable meals. Foods like these, while tasty, might not provide them with the nutrition they need to stay healthy. The next time you do a senior wellness check, keep in mind this information about how to encourage your loved one to eat healthy.

Invest in a Slow Cooker

As many busy adults know, slow cookers can help to save time and energy when it comes to preparing wholesome meals. There are countless easy and delicious recipes to be found that just require putting the ingredients in and waiting for the device to do the work. There are even many pre-packaged slow cooker meals that can be found at the grocery store, so seniors can simply put the ingredients in the crock pot without needing to worry about chopping, slicing, or standing around.

Accompany Them to the Store

When you have the time, why not go along with your senior loved one to the grocery store? You can keep an eye on what they’re purchasing and make suggestions for healthy alternatives. You might even be able to suggest some of your own healthy and easy-to-prepare favorites. This is also a great way to spend quality time together, turning a burdensome chore into a fun and meaningful outing.

Enlist Senior Helpers for Senior Wellness Checks

One of the most effective ways to ensure your loved one is eating healthy is to enlist the services of Senior Helpers. Our care providers are passionate about helping the elderly and are available to provide many services to the clients they serve. We can provide senior wellness checks daily, weekly, or around the clock – whatever you need, we can develop a flexible plan for you! Whether it’s going shopping, preparing meals, or keeping the kitchen safe and organized, we can provide many services designed to ensure that they’re eating right.

Of course, our services go above and beyond the kitchen. We can help keep your loved one’s home safe and clean, while providing them with invaluable companionship. We know how stressful it can be to take on the care of an elderly person while trying to manage a family and career. Partnering with the professionals at Senior Helpers is a great way to achieve peace of mind that your loved one is in good hands.