Adding Variety to Your Senior’s Meals


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Tips to Boost Nutrition and Stave Off Food Boredom for Seniors

Keep healthy eating for your senior a priority when you take deliberate steps to incorporate variety into their menusNothing can be as dreary as eating the same dull meal day after day. None of us would enjoy it; however, many times, the elderly get stuck in a rut. Because it may only be one or two people in the house, cooking can become a chore, so eating a sandwich or a bowl of cereal is much easier. Changing taste buds and loose dentures can make eating tiring. The results are exacerbated health issues and possibly, malnutrition.

Keep healthy eating for your senior a priority when you take deliberate steps to incorporate variety into their menus. All it takes is some planning and a properly stocked pantry. When you cannot do the cooking or your parent needs assistance in the kitchen, a highly-trained caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care can help fix nutritious meals.

Make Cooking for Your Senior Easier with these Meal Prep Tips

There are a variety of ways this can be done, but here are three tips to get you started:

  • Plan: Sit down and figure out a week’s worth of meals for Mom and Dad. Create a grocery list based on those meals and do the shopping once. Remember to include some healthy snacks as well. This saves additional trips to the store during a hectic week. Post the menu on the refrigerator or another easy place to access. A meal plan can take away frustration and give choices. If cinnamon oatmeal sounds better for Tuesday’s breakfast than eggs, Dad can switch it up. Look for ways to add in healthy meals that add variety to their palate.
  • Ask: Talk with your senior and find out what they like to eat. Avoid assuming you know. They may have a hidden love for asparagus that you never knew about! Ask them to join you in the kitchen to prepare for the week’s dinners. The two of you can work together to accomplish the tasks quicker, and your parent will feel like they are part of the process.
  • Prep: Sometimes the thought of cooking or dragging out pots and pans can seem overwhelming. Other times, arthritis prevents Mom from holding a knife correctly. Prepping components of several meals ahead of time takes away the drudgery and the risk. Look over the menu and determine what can be fixed in larger batches to accommodate the upcoming dinner. For example, wash and chop up all the vegetables needed, and then put them in tightly sealed containers.

You can still help your loved one, even when time is tight. Hiring outside help can alleviate the stress of an overwhelming week. An in-home caregiver can shop and prepare meals for Dad, so you know he is taken care of.

Trusted Senior Care Services to Assist in Healthy Eating Habits

Give your loved ones variety and help them stay healthy and living independently with the help of a highly-trained caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care Hamilton. In addition to cooked meals, our supportive staff can assist with companionship services, personal care, or respite care. We offer a variety of customizable services to help families and seniors enjoy this season of life.

Call us at (905) 521-5500 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in our Hamilton community.


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