Healthy Eating for Seniors

At Home Instead Birmingham, we pride ourselves on providing an excellent level of care to elderly people in the Birmingham area. We ensure our bespoke care services provide everything a client could want, and anticipates their further needs in the future. Our CAREGivers are specifically matched to each of our clients to help build a strong bond of friendship and trust based on similar personalities and shared interests. This enables our CAREGivers to provide a better quality of care in our home help services, personal care services, dementia care services, companionship services, and all of the other essential services we offer to elderly people in the community.

Part of these services include helping around the house wherever suitable, and doing tasks such as taking out the rubbish, feeding pets, light cleaning, going shopping, and even preparing meals. All of these tasks are so important to complete for someone who isn’t as mobile as they once were, but preparing meals is an especially crucial element of care that needs to be addressed. Everyone should have access to sufficient food each day, and eat within their own preferences, but our CAREGivers are also aware of the nutritional value of food, and put together meals that are healthy and satisfying for their clients.

Healthy eating is an important lifestyle choice throughout life, and we know that we are always being told to eat a balanced diet, and not overdo it with fats and sugars, but this becomes even more important as we get older and our immune system and digestive system slows down and becomes less efficient.

Because of this, it is crucial that older people eat well in order to get the most of the food they eat. This includes eating more lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and other foods rich in vitamins and minerals your body needs, while avoiding processed foods, fatty foods, or foods with high sugar. Eating in this way ensures that your body runs as efficiently as possible, keeps you healthy, and effectively fights diseases. There are also a number of other benefits you will see from a healthy diet, such as:

• Improvement in mood – eating right will help to balance your body, and you find yourself feeling healthier and happier from the inside out.

• Boosting energy – Eating healthier, and focussing on foods with a slow energy release such as wholegrains, means your body is fuelled in the right way and will provide you with consistent energy levels, rather than the energy highs and lows that come from fats and sugars.

• Improves longevity – Eating a healthier diet means that your body will be healthier all round, and this boosts your chances for a longer life.

• Controls Weight – A healthy diet and activity will mean that you lower your amount of body fat, which is great for your heart and cholesterol levels, as well as the stress on your muscles and joints.

These healthy eating benefits are applicable to everyone, but it is understandable that some older people might be wary of foods or items that they have never eaten before. This is why our CAREGivers discuss any eating preferences or favourite foods with our clients, and ensure they are fully aware of what they are eating, and know that it is a satisfying and nutritious meal.

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home