Overcoming Mealtime Challenges

Sometimes seniors who suddenly find themselves alone struggle with consuming nutritious meals. This occurs for a variety of reasons and each person is different:

  • Lack of companionship
  • Inability to get to the grocery store
  • Eating too many prepared foods
  • Decreased appetite

As a family member, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your relative is getting three nutritious meals per day. If you are unable to handle these tasks often, you can hire a provider from a home care agency to help your loved one with any of the following categories:

  • Provide companionship
  • Help with grocery shopping for ingredients
  • Help with choosing healthy foods and steering away from convenience foods
  • Keeping an eye on the amount of fruits and vegetables that are consumed
  • Preventing produce from spoiling
  • Establish appropriate portion sizes

With a little guidance, your loved one can begin to eat healthy once again. This helps to ensure that he or she eats nutritious food, consumes the appropriate amount of calories and helps to enhance their overall level of health and wellbeing.

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