Home Care in Farifield, CT
Giving your elderly loved ones the nutrition that they need on a daily basis is an important element of your home care journey. What your parents is key to their physical health and well-being, as well as elements of their mental and emotional health as well. Unfortunately, many aging adults do not get the nutrition that they need on a regular basis, and may even be chronically malnourished, putting them at serious risk of developing a wide variety of health concerns. In many instances this lack of nutritional intake is caused by diminished hunger signals, decreased ability to taste, or even cognitive limitations that make it difficult for your seniors to understand that they need to eat, when they need to eat, or how to eat.
Try some of these creative ways to help your seniors eat better so you can feel confident they are getting what they need to stay healthy and strong include:
• Make it appealing. Rather than rushing your parents' meals, make them a special event during the day. Use a pretty tablecloth, attractive dishes, and a centerpiece to create a lovely table that will make your seniors more interested in sitting down for a meal.
• Eat with them. Bring back the concept of the family dinner. Sit down with your loved ones and their in home health care services provider and enjoy your meal together. This is a great way to encourage them to stay at the table longer and try more of the foods on the table. Make some of the conversation about the meal to inspire them to try different dishes and eat more.
• Stimulate their sense of smell. The sense of smell is strongly linked to the sense of taste and the appetite. If your aging loved ones do not seem to have much of an appetite or do not enjoy their food and do not eat much, try finding ways to stimulate their sense of smell before the meal such as adding cinnamon sticks and slices of apple to a pot of simmering water on the stove, burn vanilla candles before serving dinner, and add aromatics to your dishes to make their smell more intense.
• Experiment. Sometimes not eating is just a result of your elderly loved ones being bored with the food that they eat on a regular basis. If you have fallen into a habit of giving your loved ones the same types of food frequently, change up your routine. Try your hand at making your own version of favorite take-out foods, head to a local ethnic market and try new herbs and spices, visit a farmer's market to try new types of produce, or serve breakfast foods for dinner one night.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Fairfield, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.