Nutritional guidelines have changed over the years. When you were a child in your parent’s home, it was mom or dad providing you with a meal plan that was healthy.
Your mom or dad most likely know they should be choosing foods from the food pyramid to maintain their health and wellness. Now that they are aging, and possibly living alone they may have become lax about eating correctly. Home care services can be instrumental in keeping your parent on a proper diet, even when it may not seem important to them.
Providing Proper Nutrition
Over the years there has been controversy over the effectiveness of the food pyramid, leaving many skeptical and choosing to eat by choice of taste rather than by nutritional value. Providers of home care services know that seniors must eat appropriately to maintain their health physically as well as psychologically.
They recommend using guidelines when it comes to nutritional eating. It is important to lead your mother and father back to a natural diet and guidelines can help reshape their instincts for healthy food. Processed foods, although easy to purchase and prepare, have added ingredients that may be harmful to your parent. Modern process foods have many chemical additives that for the older person who may be on medications, the chemical mixtures may induce reactions that can cause health concerns.
Additives like sugar, cornstarch, and sodium not only are a cause of weight gain but can increase diabetic and heart rate issues. Sometimes it takes a caregiver to remind our parent that fruits and vegetables are highly recommended for a daily diet. When possible, home care professionals advise that it is best to select organic.
Selecting foods from plants such as nuts and whole grains that are not processed or adjusted chemically may assist and improve digestion.
Meal Preparation from Assisting Hands Home Care
Providers of home care services for seniors are prepared to guide you and your mom and dad to good nutritional meal plan for a healthier lifestyle. Our caregivers at Assisting Hands Home Care in Fort Myers, FL provide meal preparation services as part of our home care services, ensuring that all of their dietary needs are met.
Meal preparation services include grocery shopping, preparing and serving the meal, and cleaning up afterwards. Our caregivers are dedicated to providing your senior loved one with the proper nutrition they need to stay healthy.
For more information on our home care services, including meal preparation, or to request a free consultation, contact Assisting Hands Home Care at (239) 221-6326.