As a family caregiver, you know how important it is to give your aging parent a healthy, well-balanced diet on a regular basis. What they eat and drink can make a tremendous difference in health, their ability to manage health issues, their energy, and their daily functioning.
Sometimes, however, the thought of providing a healthy diet can seem intimidating. You are busy, and it can seem overwhelming to come up with and prepare healthy and satisfying meals and snacks. Fortunately, there are ways to simplify giving your parent a healthy diet, which can help you to not only support their well-being but also to get the rest of your family on a healthier dietary approach as well.
Some ways you can make giving your parent a healthy diet simpler include:
-Utilize meal planning. Often unhealthy decisions for meals and snacks come from not being prepared. Your day becomes busy, or you get to the middle of the afternoon and realize you don’t have a plan for dinner, which leads you to make a call for takeout or go to the drive-thru. Using meal planning means you know what meals you intend to prepare each day of the week or even every day of a month. This lets you plan ahead, do some preparation in the days leading up to the meal, and even simplifies grocery shopping.
-Fill up the freezer. Take a day once every two weeks, or even once a month, to prepare healthy meals you can freeze so you can stock your parent’s freezer. Distribute meals into individual serving size containers and label them with instructions on how to warm them up so all your parent or an elder care provider needs to do is warm and serve.
-Prepare several meals at a time. Rather than just preparing a meal for your aging parents, or preparing a meal for the rest of your family, double the recipe and freeze the excess. You can also maximize time by finding recipes that use similar ingredients and work on them at the same time so you can prepare meals for several days at the same time. This will make it easier to warm up a healthy meal on a busy day.
-Do food preparation on the same day as grocery shopping. When you get home from the grocery store, take the time to wash and chop fruits and vegetables, distribute healthy snacks into small containers, and put ingredients for healthy meals together for easy storage and preparation later.
How can home care services help?
The most beneficial aspects of elder care is how simple it is to customize your aging parents care routine. Your loved one is an individual, and their challenges and limitations are personal to them. This means you want them to receive care and support that will manage these issues in the ways that are right for them, whether it is you offering them care efforts, or a professional elderly home care services provider handling them.
The services of an elder care provider are completely customizable so you and your parent can both decide how this care will benefit them the most. Whether they only need a few hours of care each week to help with specific tasks such as running errands or bathing, or have more extensive needs that would benefit from having the care provider with them throughout the day every day, you can feel confident your parent is getting exactly what they need to live their highest quality of life as they age in place.