NUTRITION CARE FOR ELDERLY
Good food, good health is part of the elderly home care.
As one ages, nutrition care for elderly continues to be an important aspect of one’s overall health. A good nutritious care plan for elderly 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 assistants 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.
Here are a few ways home caregivers can help clients:
What are the Special Nutrient Needs of Elderly?
According to The American Dietetic Association, elderly take in only a third of the nutrients that they actually require. Also, in aging, people become more prone to malnutrition; however, it’s the phase where good nutrition is pivotal for their health and quality of life. They need specialized senior nutrition care, so that they can age healthily and fight or avoid critical diseases like osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease and several types of cancer. Proper nutrition also helps to reduce the risks of stroke, bone loss, type 2 diabetes and anemia.
Our elderly care experts at Ambassadors Caregivers have proficiency in the area of nutrition care for loved ones; they even know how to assess seniors’ eating risks and modify the meals accordingly to suit them. For example, if a senior is unable to chew properly or has a history of choking, their nutritional meal will be transformed into soups. We must understand that although the calorie requirements of seniors subside with the passage of time, their need for consuming a variety of nutrients increases.