Eating can be one of the more complicated situations for your aging adult as her health becomes more of an issue. It’s often tricky to get the right combination of nutritious and delicious elements into each day so that your senior is enjoying eating but also getting a health boost from her food. Your senior’s doctor may recommend a specific diet and sometimes working with a dietician is a good idea. They can offer ideas that help you keep meals more interesting.
Plates and Tableware Matter
Patterned plates and bowls may be pretty, but they can make it difficult for your elderly family member to see her food properly. It’s much better to use solid-colored plates and tableware. If the colors contrast with the food itself, then it’s much easier to actually see the food. This can help your senior to identify what she’s eating much more easily, too.
Weighted Utensils with Larger Handles Help
Larger handles are easier to grip, especially if your elderly family member has arthritis or other issues with grip strength. When the utensils are lightly weighted, too, that can help with balance, especially if your senior experiences tremors. You might want to try out a variety of utensils to find the ones that work best for your senior’s particular needs.
Choose Foods She Enjoys
It’s really important for your senior to eat the right foods, but it’s also important that she enjoys those foods. If she doesn’t, she’s going to be far less likely to actually eat the food you’re preparing and that does no one any good. Try finding ways to bump up the nutritional value of foods and dishes that she already likes by adding vegetables and other nutrient-rich ingredients.
Get Creative with Nutrition
This may cause you to get really creative with your senior’s nutrition. For instance, you might want to start introducing fruit and vegetable smoothies to her daily diet. These delicious drinks can often camouflage some ingredients that your elderly family member might not normally choose for herself. You can also slip nutrient-rich ingredients into soups and stews easily.
If you can help your senior to eat on her own, that helps to maintain her self-esteem. There’s no shame in needing help to eat, though. Senior care providers can help you to learn how to help your elderly family member to eat in a way that is less awkward for both of you.
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Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.
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