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With a home care provider assisting them, your loved one's nutrition needs are covered

Improper nutrition habits could be making your loved one’s medical condition worse

As we get older, our needs for healthy living change and grow. One of the most important needs a person has is nutrition, and this never changes. Because proper nutrition is vital to stay healthy, it is one of the cornerstones of compassionate home care services. Fortunately, there are many ways that a Comfort Keepers caregiver can help your loved one maintain a healthy diet.

What’s the danger in unhealthy eating habits?

When many people think of unhealthy eating habits, they usually imagine people eating greasy fast food or skipping a meal when in a hurry. What they don’t usually think of is the long-term effects of poor eating habits. Both over and under indulgence can have lasting effects on a person’s health and can worsen the symptoms of many illnesses or increase the risks of becoming ill. Some of the conditions that can be affected by diet include:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Cancer
  • Celiac Disease
  • Dental disease
  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • High Cholesterol
  • Kidney Disease
  • Osteoporosis

How can a home care provider help?

If you find yourself worrying if your loved one is undernourished or malnourished, don’t feel alone. It is common knowledge that it is not easy to cook when living alone – consider how much more challenging this becomes with age and ailing health. Often aging is coupled with a reduced sense of smell and taste thus leads to loss of interest in food.  Medication can also cause loss of appetite and cause additional mental impairments that make cooking meals difficult.

For this reason, senior home care aides are responsible for being mindful of food in the home and can be active in the shopping, preparation and mealtime routines to ensure that the best choice foods for your loved one are provided daily. Additionally, the added company a caregiver delivers has been shown to help with senior nutrition concerns. Simply having someone there to enjoy a meal with them is a great way to improve senior appetites.

More steps you can take

If you are concerned that diet is affecting you or a loved one’s health negatively, you should contact your physician or nutritionist and make an appointment to talk about how to make healthy changes in your diet.

To learn more about the physical, emotional and most importantly nutritional benefits of meal preparation services or any of our elderly care services, please contact us at (587) 802-5402.

Comfort Keepers of Red Deer provides in home care services in the following areas in Alberta:

Red Deer, Innisfail, Blackfalds, Lacombe, Wetaskiwin, Rimbey, Rocky Mountain House, Caroline, Sundre, Stettler, Sylvan Lake, Delburne, Olds, and Bashaw.

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