Home Care in Riverside, CT
Meeting your nutritional needs on a daily basis is a vital aspect of staying healthy both physically and mentally. Your body needs specific nutrients and the proper hydration in order to perform its functions, from cognitive processing to producing energy to ensuring your heart is beating. For many seniors, however, getting the right balance of nutrients is not always easy. Changes in their lifestyles as well as shifts in their health may make it more difficult to always give their bodies what they need to function properly, which can lead to new or worsened physical and cognitive concerns.
Helping your aging loved ones meet their nutritional needs is one of the most valuable services a home care provider can offer. Beyond just preparing and serving meals, adjusting her care routine and taking the time throughout each day to put measures into place that help your seniors get better nutrition on a regular basis encourages them to stay healthier and enjoy a higher quality of life.
Some of the ways that your parents' in home health care services provider can help your seniors meet their nutritional needs include:
• Stimulating their appetite. Many seniors experience a marked decrease in appetite as they get older. Sometimes caused by medical concerns, medications, and cognitive issues, this issue can also be the result of decreased acuity in their sense of smell or taste which makes eating less pleasurable, suppressing appetite over time. By stimulating their appetites, the home care provider can encourage your parents to eat more, bringing extra nutrition into their bodies. She can try burning candles in hunger-stimulating scents such as vanilla and pumpkin, watching food-centric television programs, suggesting new recipes and ingredients, or increasing the flavor and smell of food by using extra herbs and spices.
• Increasing their metabolism. Revving up their metabolism can help your elderly parents not only want to eat more, but their bodies process the food they do eat more successfully. One of the best ways to increase metabolism is simply to boost physical activity. Getting out for a walk, dancing around in the living room, or heading out for an afternoon outing all increase physical activity.
• Nurturing the digestive system. Even if your parents eat enough of the right things, if their digestive systems are not working well, their bodies will not get the nutrition that they need. Encourage the care provider to nurture your parents' digestive system by ensuring they get enough water throughout the day and paying attention to symptoms of digestive distress such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation so that you can treat these issues and restore the balance of their systems.
• Emotional support. Emotional health can make a major impact on physical health, including your hunger levels and how your body processes food. If your parents are coping with loneliness, isolation, anxiety, or depression, they may not be hungry, many only be craving unhealthy foods, or be suffering digestive issues that keep their bodies from getting all of the nutrients from what they eat. A home care provider offers emotional support and companionship that makes eating a more enjoyable experience, encourages better food choices, and can calm the body for better processing of their food.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Riverside, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.