Caregivers in Darien CT: Why Isn't Your Elderly Loved One Eating?


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Why Isn't Your Elderly Loved One Eating?

Caregivers in Darien CTIt's disturbing to see your loved one eating less and less and feeling powerless to do anything about it. Because you're her family caregiver, it becomes your job to look for potential causes so that you can help her to start eating properly again. It may take a little bit of detective work, but one or more of these issues may be a part of the problem.

It's Too Much Effort

It's not easy to plan meals, shop, and cook for just one person. At some point, it's possible that it starts to become too much for your loved one to feel that she wants to mess with on her own. You can alleviate some of this by taking over those duties for her or by splitting those duties amongst other family members. Other solutions, such as senior agencies or even meal delivery services might be helpful, too.

Food Just Isn't Appealing

Many elderly loved ones find that they begin to lose their senses of taste and smell as they grow older. Or they're on restrictive diets that make food less appealing to them. Regardless, food just isn't enjoyable and therefore becomes something your loved one can take or leave. Unfortunately, deciding to leave it can lead to other issues.

It Hurts to Eat

If your love one has difficulty with either chewing properly or swallowing, then eating can actually be quite painful. Make sure that you keep up with dental appointments, even if she has dentures. It's also important to ask her during a calm moment how she feels during and after she eats. She may not think to mention what happens, but asking can prompt her to share.

Side Effects Are Sidelining Her Appetite

Some medications that your loved one is taking may have side effects that reduce her appetite. It's worth tracking that, especially when your loved one has switched to a new medication. Your loved one's doctor can help to narrow down side effects that could be a result of medications. From there, your loved one's doctor might change her prescription or adjust it to help her get her appetite back.

Work with your loved one's doctor to find solutions so that your loved one can get the nutrition that she needs.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Darien, 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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