Healthy Eating to Ensure Quality Senior Care Over the Holidays


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By Shawn Turcotte

Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, CPCA

Family traveling with grandfatherHolidays are synonymous with sumptuous meals. Most of the time, people stray from their regular routine and healthy eating habits during the festive season because it is so hard to keep up. When you are caring for a senior, there are additional health considerations. Elderly members of the family do not have the same stamina as the younger ones. As we age, our taste buds dull, and eating can become a chore. Holiday meals are a fun alternative to the mundane, but it can also mean overindulgence.

Effective senior care includes making sure your elderly family member is eating healthy. While it is harder to balance healthy eating during the holidays, keeping the following meal preparation tips in mind can help.

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips for Elder Care

At Home Instead Senior Care, we help elderly patients enjoy independent living and healthy eating in their own homes. We support caregivers in caring for their loved ones. As the holidays roll in, consider how you can implement the following suggestions and help the seniors in your charge:

  1. Plan Meals Using Healthy Choices. Holidays are usually packed with rich, decadent meals and desserts. It is easy to overindulge. While planning your celebration menu, consider lighter selections for elder care. For instance, avoid large meals for them on New Year’s Eve and opt for lighter lunch alternatives such as soup or salad instead. The holidays are a time to enjoy special food items, but going overboard can result in discomfort for seniors.
  2. Keep them Hydrated. It is important to have enough water during festive celebrations. The elderly need more hydration than younger members. Insufficient water can quickly land a senior citizen in the hospital. Keep water handy at home and consider keeping a bottle of water in your purse or bag while out of the house.
  3. Keep Dietary Restrictions in Mind. If your loved one is on a restricted diet, such as a low-sodium one , it is crucial they follow it. Holiday recipes can be full of restricted or prohibited items. Look for healthy recipe alternatives such as low-sodium versions, or using a sugar-free or low-sugar sweetening agent in a recipe. Additionally, keep fresh-cut fruits and vegetables within reach for everyone in the family.
  4. Allow Alcohol in Moderation. It is fun to celebrate the holiday spirit with a toast, but it is essential not to overindulge in alcohol. Drinking can impair bodily functions and have adverse effects when mixed with certain medications. Offer alcohol-free drinks so that everyone can enjoy the holiday toasts without any harm.

Help your elderly family members stay healthy through the holiday season. Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton assists families and their senior loved ones with a variety of in-home care options. Our caregivers are highly trained and ready to help your family make the most of the festive season.

Call us at (780) 439-9990 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in our community.


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