As we age our appetites and attitude to food changes and because of this and other developments, older people are at an increased risk of becoming malnourished. It is often an overlooked health matter as people believe that malnourishment is always a consequence of a marked loss of weight but this isn’t necessarily the case. Anyone of any size can be malnourished and so we want to raise awareness of the issue in the wider community and help to educate families on the risks, the signs and the ways to combat malnourishment when caring for their loved ones.
Home Instead Senior Care provides a range of supportive services and sometimes this includes the preparation of meals and encouraging a client to enjoy a healthy balanced diet. Where Home Instead are involved, we can ensure that clients are eating properly and monitor any changes in health and wellbeing. Our latest campaign aims to help and assist families who are providing care for their loved ones themselves, to be aware of an older person’s risk of becoming malnourished. We have devised a workshop to educate family and relatives on the issue of malnourishment and what to do if you suspect someone is at risk.
The best way to ensure someone is eating a healthy balanced diet is to be there in person during mealtimes however, we know that when families are caring for their parents or relatives, there isn’t always enough time in busy schedules to sit and enjoy every mealtime together. Our guidance on Staying Nourished will hopefully provide some advice on ways to ensure your loved one stays healthy at home.
If you are worried about your loved one and are looking for some help to manage with preparing meals and keeping an eye on food intake, then Home Instead Senior Care can support you.
Why not think about using our services to help take mum out for a pub lunch or to help dad with his weekly shop. If someone is housebound, we can attend at mealtimes, not only to help prepare meals but also to observe food intake and to sit with the person and make eating an enjoyable social occasion.
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