Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, CPCA
The dinner table represents family and relationship building. Many people probably remember enjoying Sunday dinners at Grandma’s where sitting at the kid’s table was mandated while adults chatted at the big table. There is no doubt that food has made a significant impact on socializing in society. Just think about gathering around the television for a hockey, football, or basketball game with tons of snacks and friends. Even birthdays are celebrated with sweets like cake and ice cream. There is no doubt about it; food generally conjures up happy thoughts and memories. Let’s not forget that we all need nourishment to survive, as well.
Hospice patients may not have the same need for food and drink that a healthy person does. So, how do you help your loved one who is facing a life-limiting illness? Caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care West Edmonton can assist you in ensuring your senior gets what they need during this time.
A hospice patient nearing the end of their life has different needs for food. Often, favourite dishes taste different and not as appealing as they used to be. Or they have symptoms that limit their appetite. Use these suggestions to understand better and help your loved one’s nutritional needs:
Those who are terminally ill do not feel hungry like those of us who are healthy. They may thirst more than they hunger. Please do not force food upon your dying loved one. Keep in mind that a decrease in food and drink can increase comfort. Here is why:
You do not have to struggle with the nutritional needs of your loved one alone. Get support through hospice care or respite care. There is no need to fight this caregiver battle alone. At Home Instead Senior Care, we work with you and your family on a custom-designed in-home care plan that benefits all family members.
Call us at (780) 439-9990 and book an in-home consultation today. If you’re looking for compassionate, quality home care for your senior loved one, our team of trained PSWs in West Edmonton is here to help.
Home Instead offers free monthly newsletters with tips and advice for caregivers of elderly loved ones.