Good food, good health is part of the care.
As one ages, nutrition continues to be an important aspect of one’s overall health. A good nutritious meal can mean less incidents of dehydration or malnutrition, medications can work better, maintain energy and physical strength, muscle building, and bone strength. Ambassadors Caregivers are continually trained on subjects of nutrition and signs and symptoms of malnutrition and dehydration.
Often our clients would say, “I’m just not hungry”, or “I’m tired and I’d rather sleep”. Other times they just simply forget to eat due to dementia or confusion.
Having caregivers who monitor our client’s food intake could mean prevention of complications that require hospitalization. Caregivers are also the first line of help to encourage and sit with our clients so that they eat enough food. They can encourage food intake and adequate liquid consumption especially clients who have dementia or Alzheimer’s.