Mar 31, 2017 by Matt Clinnard
No matter our age, it is important we keep a healthy and balanced diet. This does not become any less important as we become seniors. In fact, it may be even more important, which is why Comfort Keepers has made quality nutrition an integral part of our home health care program.
Seniors face a number of hurdles when it comes to eating a balanced diet and staying at a healthy weight. This is most often because as our bodies get older, we need fewer and fewer calories, but out nutritional needs stay the same. Seniors in home health care should eat a diet that is low-calorie but rich in nutrients.
Many people over the age of 65 also have issues noticing when they are hungry or thirsty due to a number of factors. Some have simply lost the ability to tell with advanced age, while others take medications that significantly affect these abilities. A home health care professional will help your loved one stay on top of their eating habits.
Comfort Keepers can help your loved one prepare healthy meals. As part of our Interactive Caregiving brand of care, we believe that helping your loved one stay as active as possible for as long as possible can have an incredible effect on their overall physical and mental help. Staying engaged is just as important later in life as it is for young people because we all need a purpose.
Our caregiver will work with your loved one to find a way to incorporate healthy foods into their diet. Not everything works for everyone, so it is important too keep all channels of communication open. Our home health care professional will also speak with your loved one's medical team to make sure they are aware of any restrictions to their diet.
Comfort Keepers can also go to the grocery store for your loved one to make sure they always have fresh fruits and vegetables around, which will make eating healthy much easier.
There are a number of positive effects that quality nutrition can have on your loved one's life. Some of the most important and pertinent to the lives of seniors include higher energy levels, a stronger sense of wellness, better immunity, sharpened mental focus, higher physical ability, better cardiovascular health, improved weight control, digestion and regularity and fewer mood swings and depression.
To find out more about how improved nutrition could help your loved one increase their overall quality of life, do not hesitate to give us a call.