It is important for elderly people to eat foods loaded with the recommended vitamins and nutrients. This will help them lower their odds of experiencing bone loss, heart problems, and other health issues. Overall, eating properly can improve your elderly loved one’s quality of life. Keep reading to learn how you and home care aides can help your elderly loved one plan and make delicious, nutritious meals everyday.
Start by Planning Breakfast
As you probably know, experts suggest that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. They also say a person should only eat healthy foods at breakfast time. This is particularly true for an elderly person because many senior citizens have trouble meeting their daily nutritional needs. In addition, a lot of elderly people need to boost their energy levels. This can be done with a healthy breakfast. Some good breakfast choices you or a home care provider can help your elderly loved one make include the following:
- Scrambled eggs with a few vegetables mixed in
- Oatmeal with some kind of fruit in it
- Whole grain cereal
- A breakfast frittata
The main idea is to encourage your elderly loved one to eat a breakfast that contains grains with some added vegetables or fruit. This way your elderly loved one can get the vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients they need to function better and to stay healthier.
Continue on with Lunch
It can often be difficult getting an elderly loved one to eat a healthy lunch, especially if they eat a big breakfast. However, it is important to do your best to get your elderly loved one away from eating processed foods. You and your elderly loved one’s home care providers should try making them a delicious vegetable soup. Perhaps, you and your elderly loved one could make a healthy sandwich together and have lunch outside.
It is Time for Dinner
One great way to get your elderly loved one to eat a nutritious dinner is by mixing things up. As a family caregiver, try encouraging your elderly loved one to eat fish a few times every week, instead of always having them eat chicken or pork. Some other ideas for dinner include the following:
- Stir-fry (try mixing in unique vegetables)
- Long grain rice with vegetables and lentils
- Lean meats like pork or lamb
- A simple salad (just be careful not to add a dressing that is fatty or too oily)
Many experts suggest that meats should be baked, broiled, or grilled in order for your elderly loved one to reap all the health benefits.
Meal Planning with Home Care Help
Planning a healthy meal for your elderly loved one will most likely help them eat healthy and get the nutrients they need to thrive better every day. Use these tips to help your elderly loved one get the most out of all their meals.