Elderly Care in New Canaan CT: Could Medications Be Affecting Your Loved One's Ability to Use Nutrients?

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Could Medications Be Affecting Your Loved One's Ability to Use Nutrients?



Elderly Care in New Canaan CT

Elderly Care in New Canaan CTIf your loved one has just started to take some different medications, she might be noticing side effects that affect how and what she eats. Always talk to your loved one's doctor about any side effects that she's experiencing since that can change the dosage or type of medication that he prescribes for her.

Some May Alter Her Appetite

Some medications can make your loved one feel like she is constantly hungry, while others can clip her appetite until she barely wants to eat at all. If that's the case for your loved one, she may need to eat more according to a schedule and by the amount of food she's had rather than relying on her appetite to let her know it's time to eat.

Some May Affect How Nutrients Are Absorbed

Other medications can change how your loved one's body absorbs the nutrition from her food. For example, antibiotics don't just kill the bad bacteria, they also kill the good bacteria in your loved one's intestinal tract. That's why doctors often recommend taking probiotics or eating more yogurt while taking antibiotics.

Some May Change How Foods Smell or Taste

If your loved one is mentioning that foods taste or smell different than they usually do, it could be a medication side effect. Some medications can give your loved one's foods and drinks a metallic taste, even if there's no metal involved. Others can make foods smell much different, even if nothing else about the dish has changed. This side effect can be frustrating for your loved one, but it can also cause her to eat less frequently than she should

Some Can Make it Difficult for Her to Swallow

Another side effect of medication that might affect your loved one can be a difficulty with swallowing. This also can inspire your loved one to avoid eating or drinking, which is not good news. You may have to work with her to find softer foods or different textures that make swallowing easier for your loved one.

Source
http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/drugs-procedures-devices/over-the-counter/drug-nutrient-drug-supplement-interactions.html
http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/senior-nutrition

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in New Canaan, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.

Caleena Namdev, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Stamford

Caleena Namdev is the President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of University of Connecticut. Caleena has been working with seniors for a long time - whether it was her volunteer work with the IRS, or her role at the prestigious trust and estate law firm in Darien. Providing guidance to seniors and family members so they can get the help they need, is a passion for Caleena.

"Hi - I am Caleena Namdev, President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. Our entire staff at SYNERGY HomeCare wishes to extend you our warmest welcome. We know that searching for personalized, high quality care for your loved one is difficult. Your loved ones deserve the highest level of care and support. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we strive to exceed the high standards that you have set for their care. Please call my office at (203) 661-6969 and speak to a member of my CareTEAMâ„¢.

When you call us, you will be speaking with Stamford's most reliable, professionally managed, non-medical homecare agency - an agency, you can depend on for the care of your loved ones, whether you live around town, or thousands of miles away. You will also be speaking with an agency, where the owners are directly involved in ensuring that your loved ones get the highest level of care. We are SWCCA approved and are able to work directly with your long term insurance provider and worker's compensation insurance provider."

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