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Handy and Healthy Make-Ahead Meals for Seniors

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By Jeremy Grant
Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Hamilton

Home made food prepared by a trained caregiver

Tips for Caregivers from the Home Instead Care Team

When things get hectic, it is easy to forego a home-cooked meal for the convenience of fast food or take out. It is not always the healthiest choice. If you are also in charge of your aged loved one, their nutrition is paramount to staying healthy. The balancing act between convenience and nutritious food for seniors is a hard one, but it is possible if you try making meals ahead of time in single-serving portions.

Take an afternoon to prep delicious and nutritious meals for your aging mom or dad and reap the rewards of knowing they are eating well. When you don’t have extra time, a professional personal support worker from Home Instead Senior Care can jump in to help with not only cooking, but also companion care, light household duties, and transportation. Let us assist you in caring for your elderly loved one so they can remain at home for as long as possible.

4 Tips to Prepare Make-Ahead Meals for Your Senior

When your aging parent is living life at home on their terms, you know that cooking nutritious meals is imperative. Even if you are taking back Sunday dinners, you can prep fantastic breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for your senior:

  • Start with favourite recipes and make them healthier: Avoid trying out fancy new recipes; tried and true ones will suffice. Make a list of what they like the most. Don’t guess. Ask them for their input first. Next, use the Internet to find healthier versions of the chosen dish. Finally, schedule a day for cooking and buy all the needed ingredients.
  • Modify the recipes to accommodate several weeks of servings: An easy way to ensure you have enough lasagna for Dad is to multiply the ingredients by 2, 3, or 4. It depends on how many servings you want to make. You can also use a calculator if needed.
  • Cook the dish and let it cool to room temperature: Make the dish and cook it thoroughly. Once it is done, let it cool to room temperature, and then you can put it into single-serving containers.
  • Place single-serving portions in individual containers. Your choice of container is extensive. You can purchase BPA free plastic, glass, mason jars, or even zippered plastic bags. The goal is to make it easy to freeze and not take up a ton of real estate in the freezer.

Stay on Top of Dinner with the Help of a Home Instead Senior Caregiver

Help your senior stay healthy when you prepare nutritious meals that they can quickly reheat and enjoy. The staff at Home Instead Senior Care, Hamilton knows that it can be tough to find the time to cook up recipes that taste good and are easy to eat. We are happy to work with you to find the best meals to fit the requirements of your loved one. We also help with a variety of home care services and resources that can be tailored to you and your family’s needs.

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 the Hamilton, Dundas, Ancaster, Stoney Creek area.


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