Making sure that your senior is getting the nutrition she needs is crucial for her overall health. You and your senior’s homecare aides will find these ideas can help.
Slowly Increase Water Intake
Chances are that if your elderly family member isn’t eating the healthiest diet, she might also be lacking a bit in water intake. Encourage her to drink a glass more a day than she was. If you want an exact goal for water intake, make sure that you talk to her doctor. Ideally, she should be getting around eight 8-ounce glasses of water in each day.
Add Fish to Your Senior’s Weekly Menu
Fish is full of healthy fats and proteins that your senior needs in order to stay healthy physically and mentally. If she’s not already a fan of fish, try out a variety of different types of fish. There are huge variations from one species of fish to another, and there’s bound to be one that she prefers.
Increase Her Vegetable and Fruit Intake Weekly
Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals. They’re also great sources of antioxidants, fiber, and they taste great. If your elderly family member isn’t eating enough fruits and vegetables, try adding just one more serving per week of either a vegetable or some fruit. That’s a gradual enough increase that it won’t be something she’s likely to find offensive.
Shop Produce by What’s on Sale
Another great way to add fruits and vegetables to your senior’s diet is to shop by what’s on sale in the produce department. What this means is that you’re getting super fresh produce, because it’s what’s in season, and you’re getting it at a great price. This can help you to stock up on healthy fruits and vegetables that your senior may be more willing to try because produce is tastier when it’s in season.
Get Help with Meal Preparation from Homecare Providers
Meal preparation may not be something your senior has energy for and it may be something you run out of time to do. But when you want your elderly family member to eat a healthy diet, you need a solution. An excellent choice is to hire homecare providers to take over cooking and meal prep for your elderly family member. That way she’s got plenty of healthy, tasty meals that are ready when she is.
Eating a healthier diet doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t have to be drudgery. Hopefully your elderly family member will start to enjoy some of the changes you introduce, especially if you keep them subtle.