Useful Tips to Help Seniors Eat Healthier at Home
When seniors live alone, it’s difficult to determine whether their eating right or they’re just preparing the easiest meal they can make. Getting the right nutrition is especially important for seniors, so this should be something to think about when you make care arrangements.
If you’re worried about your loved one’s eating habits, here are several things we at Lowenhill Home Care Services suggest you do.
- Prepare Food Ahead of Time
Pre-made food can be stored in the freezer for three to four days. Make sure to fix your loved ones a healthy meal that they can simply heat in the microwave.
- Buy More Fruits and Vegetables
A simple way to make sure that your loved ones eat healthier is by giving them easier access to nutritious food. You can do this by stocking up the pantry with fresh, frozen fruits and vegetables that they can use in their meals for the rest of the week.
- Make Cooking an Exciting Activity
If your loved one isn’t someone who likes to cook that much, then you can encourage them to do it more often by giving them recipes of food that they will enjoy.
- Ask for Professional Help
A skilled home health aide can support and assist your loved ones with almost everything they need, from personal care and companionship to meal preparation and medication management.
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Safe Gardening Tips for Seniors with Dementia
Spring is the best time to start a gardening hobby. It provides a myriad of health benefits to both seniors and younger people alike. Plus, it’s also great for loved ones who need an easy yet productive activity to do regularly. If you’re considering letting your senior try gardening, here are several tips that we at Lowenhill Home Care Services recommend you follow:
- Consider a Container Garden
Container gardens are great because they’re easier to maintain as opposed to a full garden. It’s also much safer for seniors to use, as it minimizes their risk of experiencing falls, back pain, and other physical issues. A small container garden by your loved one’s window would be a great place to start.
- Avoid Dangerous Tools
We don’t normally pay attention to just how dangerous gardening tools can be. But when you’re helping a loved one with dementia with gardening, you have to keep a closer eye on how they use them. Look for tools that have well-rounded edges, to avoid injuries from befalling your loved ones.
- Have Water Available
Gardening makes your senior loved one spend more time under the heat of the sun. This can easily leave them dehydrated. So it’s important to keep a pitcher or a glass of cool water close to them at all times.
- Avoid Toxic Plants
Sometimes, dementia patient do not notice when the plants they handle may pose a risk to their health. Stick to plants that are safe to handle at all times so you and your loved one can rest easy as you go planting, potting, and more.
Would you like to learn more about how you can help your loved one with dementia? Contact us today!