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5 Holiday Menu Tips for Caregivers

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Make the Season Grand with these Useful Suggestions

Being a caregiver for your elderly loved one is a never-ending job. Each day, you wrestle with meal planning and preparation, house-cleaning, bill-paying, lining up doctor appointments, and many other responsibilities. Holiday festivities make many caregivers cringe at the thought of adding one more task to the already overwhelming to-do list. The holidays do not have to be a stressful time. Instead, you can enjoy each one fully when you adapt some traditions for convenience and enlist the help of extended family.

Create lasting memories this season while your loved ones are still around. The team at Home Instead Senior Care in Waterloo understands your desire to keep up family traditions while Mom and Dad are here. We also know that making changes may feel awkward. Our compassionate caregivers stand ready to assist you and your loved one so they can still age in their home with dignity. We provide a variety of personalized services for senior care, including household duties and cooking nutritious meals.

5 Menu Tips and Ideas for a Memorable Holiday with Your Senior

Take into account the changes your aged family member is going through and plan accordingly using these suggestions:

  1. Adjust your menu: Your mother’s ill-fitting dentures can make chewing your delectable turkey painful. If your family loves spicy dishes for the holidays, you may want to dial back the spices or provide alternatives for your loved one.
  2. Keep dietary restrictions in mind: The holidays allow us all to indulge in rich dishes we may otherwise avoid. It is okay for Dad to have a little bit of pie or cake after dinner, but keep in mind that if he is on any special diet, you may want to find other desserts for him.
  3. Plan for a finicky eater: Aunt Ethel’s dementia may render her a picky eater. The recipes she used to love, she may hate now. Her tastes may have changed because of dementia and associated memory loss. Depression can also affect a senior’s desire to eat. She may need a separate meal with foods you know she will eat.
  4. Serve everyone the same item, with a little more processing for your senior: Either because of problems chewing or because she is struggling to swallow, your mom may need you to take extra care in preparing her plate. You may need to put soup in a blender, cut meat up in tiny pieces and add gravy or broth, or add thickener to her drinks.
  5. Serve one course at a time for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients: With an elegantly set table, you may have overwhelmed Dad. To help him stay less stressed, serve him one dish at a time. He can then focus on what is in front of him, instead of all the extras.

Prepare for an Enjoyable Family Holiday - Choose Home Instead Senior Care

Embrace the changes happening in your family and make new memories with your loved ones. During the upcoming holiday season, the supportive team at Home Instead Senior Care, Waterloo stands ready to help with respite care, transportation, cooking, and personal care. You can depend on us during the year’s holiday festivities.

Call us at (519) 571-1665 to book an in-home consultation. Our PSWs and trained caregivers deliver compassionate, quality home care to families in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Breslau, Conestogo, Elmira, St Jacobs, and surrounding areas.


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