Sep 15, 2018 by Michael Craig
If you are caring for an aging loved one who is struggling with health issues, you may have encountered a number of different problems over the course of your care. You never know what one day will bring or what issue will arise next. Even if you are new to being a caregiver, there are certain things you know about the human body. One of the most obvious is that the loved one under your care needs to eat. Selecting the proper nutrition for them is important, but even if you are doing that, what happens if they simply won’t eat? Use these home health care tips to get over the hurdle with as much ease as possible.
Most people eat three meals a day at a certain time of the day. But an elderly individual may not care that lunch time is at noon or breakfast is first thing in the morning. Try and listen to what their body is telling you and don’t force them to eat at certain times just because “it’s time.” Their metabolism is slower and they may not be hungry as often. If they want to eat a chicken sandwich for breakfast at eleven, who are you to stop them? Allow their hunger to guide you on the timing situation. They may not eat at certain times just because they aren’t hungry.
Abilities change as we age and you may be facing a number of challenges when it comes to eating. If your loved one isn’t comfortable with certain eating situations, try and adapt those to fit their new needs. You could, for example, serve soup in a coffee cup so they don’t have to worry about maneuvering a spoon with hot liquid on it. You can also cut other items up into finger-friendly strips so there are no forks needed.
Just because you know how many servings your body needs of certain things in one day doesn’t mean you have a clue what your loved one might need. Needs change as we age and you need to be on top of nutrition at all times in order to ensure that your loved one is getting what they need to have as much energy and quality of life as possible. Talk with their doctor and nutrition experts to make sure you are getting them what they need.
The caregivers at Comfort Keepers can help you out as much or as little as you want when it comes to your loved one and their nutrition. Our caregivers have seen a number of situations, some of which deal with eating issues. They can advise you on what to do and how to work around your loved one to get them the nutrition they need in a way that is enticing to them. Whether you want respite care to help you figure things out or regular nutrition help and other aid, we’re here to help with customized plans that can be adjusted at any time.