Food and nutrition play an important part in staying well. But many people lose their interest in food as they get older and according to Home Instead research one in five over 75’s struggle to cook their own food.
Home Instead West Leicestershire & Mkt Bosworth is here to share it’s knowledge and help recognise the signs of malnutrition so that families or those providing Care and support can take action.
Here are some top tips for encouraging your loved one to enjoy mealtimes:
- Keep mealtimes interesting- Aromas can help to stimulate the appetite. Encourage your loved ones to get involved in the selection. Preparation and serving of meals wherever possible.
Help your loved ones to make a shopping list and decide on healthy meal plans for the week.
- Make the dining area comfortable – remove distractions and create a nice
- Think about portion sizes – If appetite is a problem, it is better to introduce smaller portions more often instead of a large plate of food, 3 times a Offering finger foods is also a good way to encourage people to eat if someone doesn’t want a traditional meal.
- Ensure healthy snack options are available – Make sure food and drinks are easily accessible throughout the day.
- Avoid calorie free or low fat products – Unless your loved one has specifically been advised to eat them by their GP.
- Always prioritise meal times and try to create a meal time routine – avoid coercing someone to Gentle persuasion is better.
- Confront the myth – That weight loss is a normal process with ageing, as our bodies become less active. Weight loss is a normal part of the ageing process.
If you are feeling under strain and need a helping hand or a bit of respite time, Home Instead can help. We can provide help around the house, as well as assistance with meal preparation, shopping and errands.
Find out more about how our Care Professionals can help your loved ones to eat well and stay well living at home.
Contact us on – 0116 3192474.