As we age, our appetites and attitudes to food change, and because of this and other developments, older people have an increased risk of becoming malnourished. It is often an overlooked health matter as people believe that malnourishment is 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.
Preventing malnutrition in older people
Home Instead provides a range of supportive services, including 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 families and relatives on the issue of malnourishment and what to do if you suspect someone is at risk.
How to make sure someone is eating a balanced diet
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 useful advice on ways to ensure your loved one stays healthy at home. Take a look at some of our nutritious recipes designed to support a healthy and nutritious diet for older people.
Home care for the elderly
If you are worried about your loved one and are looking for some help to manage with preparing meals and ensuring they are enjoying a healthy balanced diet, then Home Instead can support you.
Why not think about using our services to help take Mum out for lunch or to help Dad with his weekly shop? If someone is unable to leave the home, we can attend at mealtimes, not only to help prepare meals but also to monitor that your loved one is enjoying a well-balanced diet. Our CAREGivers can spend time with your loved one and assist in making mealtimes a positive and enjoyable experience.
Contact us to find out more or book a free consultation to evaluate your needs and prepare a tailored plan to support you or a loved one.