Part of being a family caregiver to your loved one involves spotting a problem and then devising a solution. In the case of a loved one who isn't interested in eating much, you might have to get really creative.
Add More Flavor to Recipes
Look for ways to make recipes that your loved one used to enjoy a little bit more flavorful. One way to do this is to use herbs, spices, and citrus juices to add a little zing. If there's a particular spice or flavor that your loved one doesn't enjoy, avoid using it altogether. Even a little bit of a flavor she doesn't like might be enough to ruin a perfectly good meal for her.
Use Sauces Your Loved One Likes to Help Her Swallow Foods
Sometimes your loved one might avoid eating as much as she should if she has trouble swallowing or chewing her food. One way to help with that problem is to use gravies and sauces that your loved one likes in order to keep the food a little more moist. If this is a new problem for your loved one, make sure to mention it to her doctor so that it can be investigated.
Try to Avoid Mixing Flavors up or Otherwise Watering Down Flavorful Foods
Some people have avoided mixing their foods for their entire lives, but other folks are a lot more lax about letting their food touch. If your loved one isn't interested in eating, there's another reason to avoid mixing flavors up for her. Doing so can take flavors that were bold or exciting and make them a little more bland or watered down and that isn't going to inspire your loved one to eat.
Use a Variety of Colors and Textures to Provide Visual Interest
Over time, some elderly loved ones experience diminished senses of smell or taste. If that's the case for your elderly loved one, then playing up the color and texture of the food can add a lot more excitement to what is going on with her food. Try experimenting to find the right combination to pique your loved one's interest.
If your loved one still isn't interested in eating, you may need to figure something else out. Talk with her doctor to determine how you can make sure she's getting the nutrition that she needs.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Ridgefield, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.