As a family caregiver, you know how important it is for your senior to follow through with guidelines and instructions given to them by their doctor, but you also want to encourage them at to enjoy themselves, particularly during special times of the year. Some of the most common instructions given to elderly adults involve dietary restrictions put in place to help manage health issues and challenges. You may be wondering how you will help your parent to stick to those dietary restrictions while also enjoying holiday gatherings. Fortunately, there are ways for your parent to still enjoy their favorite holiday flavors and indulge in some treats while keeping themselves on track and avoiding foods that may be harmful to them.
Some ways you can help your senior stick to their dietary restrictions during holiday gatherings include:
- Encourage them to eat before you go to the gathering. Showing up at a party already hungry is a sure-fire way to cause overeating and indulgence in unhealthy foods. Eat a healthy, balanced snack that includes high-quality protein, good fats, and complex carbohydrates for sustained satisfaction and energy
- Encourage your parent to look over all of the food options available before they start filling their plate. This lets them prioritize the foods they really want to eat rather than eating and then realizing there's something else they want to try
- Encourage your senior to take only the amount of a few bites of indulgent foods. There are studies that have indicated that enjoyment of a particular food diminishes after only a few bites, so if your senior restricts themselves to these small servings they will get the most enjoyment out of them while limiting the calories, sugar, fat, salt or other components they are avoiding
- Encourage your aging parent to bring along food of their own. Talk to the host of the gathering ahead of time and ask if it would be okay for your parent to bring a dish to share. Then research options with your loved one for creating a favorite holiday dish that fits in with their dietary restrictions
Caregiver stress is a very real thing, and it can dramatically compromise your health and well-being. But as a family caregiver, you want to make sure your senior has all the care they need and is living their best lifestyle. Relying on home care can help you to find the balance. An in-home senior care services provider can step in on a customized schedule to manage specific care tasks, provide transportation and companionship, and enjoy knowing your senior has the support they need so you can take a step back and focus on other aspects of your life, including taking care of yourself. This relieves stress and also promotes a stronger and healthier relationship with your elderly loved one by allowing you to focus more on quality time together without always worrying about their care needs.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Park City, MT, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today at 406-839-2390.