Nutrition forms the foundation for good health. Yet as people age, they often find it difficult to maintain a balanced diet. Elders who struggle with poor dentition or ill-fitting dentures may experience discomfort with chewing, which can lead to decreased food intake. Sometimes older family members lose the energy to cook for themselves and instead rely on convenience foods that may be less than healthy.
Nutrition is a very key part that are caregivers watch.
10 signs that they may be not eating as well as they should!
1. Loss of appetite: If your senior has always been a hearty eater but no longer eats as he or she used to, it's time to find out why. Underlying illness could be the root cause.2. Little to no interest in eating out: If your loved one has always loved eating out at a favorite restaurant but no longer shows interest, dig deeper to determine the problem.3. Depression: Change in appetite is a classic sign of depression. Be sure to follow up with a physician if you suspect depression may be a problem.4. Sudden weight fluctuation: A weight change -- losing or gaining 10 pounds in six months -- is another sign that something could be amiss.5. Expired or spoiled food: Check the refrigerator for expired or spoiled food. Seniors could be saving food until it's no longer safe. Make sure that all food is labeled, with the date, in large letters and numbers.6. Skin tone: Observe your senior's skin tone. If she is eating properly, her skin should look healthy and well-hydrated.7. Lethargy: If your loved one has regularly been active and enjoyed taking walks but suddenly becomes lethargic, encourage him to see a doctor. Poor nutrition could be to blame.8. Cognitive problems: Seniors who live alone might forget to eat. Dementia and cognitive problems can lead to nutritional deficiencies. Quick intervention is vital.9. More than three medications: Medication can influence both appetite and weight. Check with your senior's doctor to find out if his medications could be the culprit.10. A recent illness: Illness or a hospital stay could make a senior stop eating. Keep tabs on your loved one's recovery, making sure she has reliable help at home.
Senior Nutrition and Mealtime Care Services
All of our trained CAREGiversSM can help your loved one with a healthy, well-balanced diet. From the grocery shopping to the meal prep, our in-home CAREGivers can provide meals that appeal to all tastes and dietary restrictions. Here are a few ways we can help your loved one eat well:
CAREGivers understand the local cuisine and preparing meals to suit your family member's taste. Call us at 605-274-2273 today to learn how our mealtime services can help your loved one eat well and stay well.
We can tailor a home care arrangement to fit both your family's lifestyle and budget.
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