As we age, a reduced sense of smell or taste can lead to a loss of appetite or interest in food. Physical impairments and mental decline may make it difficult to prepare meals, or even to remember to eat at all.
ApexCare Works with Nutritionists to Develop Healthy Recipes for Our Clients
One of the greatest challenges of trying to care for an elderly loved one is making sure they get the nutrition they need. As we age, a reduced sense of smell or taste can lead to a loss of appetite or interest in food. Physical impairments and mental decline may make it difficult to prepare meals, or even to remember to eat at all.
Proper nutrition is critical, and many families looking for caregivers worry that their loved ones will not eat well if they aren’t around to watch over them. ApexCare understands the nutritional needs of our clients, and our caregivers are ready to work with you to ensure that your family member gets the enjoyable meals they need to stay healthy and happy.
Meal Preparation May Include:
Meal Preparation Plans
Just as we work with elders who have a wide range of preferences and capacities for physical activities, we know that everyone has foods they enjoy, and those they have to avoid.
No matter what the preferences may be, our care team will work with you and your family member to develop an understanding about your loved one, the foods they like, and special dietary considerations. We’ll suggest healthy alternatives when necessary, and even incorporate healthy snacks in between regular meals.
Many of our clients are dealing with a broad range of health conditions, including Alzheimer’s, dementia, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, and more. Working alongside UC Davis-graduate wellness coach and nutritionist Michael Manning, we’ve developed a series of healthy meals designed to help clients suffering from one or more of these conditions.
Good nutrition has often been how our caregivers have been able to help our clients the most, improving the overall health of those under our care, and while also helping to combat loneliness and depression. Many of our clients look forward to a visit from our caregivers, simply because of the meals and companionship we provide.
If you’re looking for caregivers who can make sure your loved ones get the meals the need, you can rely on ApexCare! We treat meal preparation as one of the most important aspects of our services.
Meal Preparation FAQS
My parent isn’t eating very much, can you help them?
It’s not uncommon for older people to lose their appetite or desire to eat. We have found that the best answer for this is be patient, consistent, encouraging, and above all else respectful. Our caregivers will regularly prepare meals and snacks for your loved one. In many cases, we’ve helped even the most reluctant clients transition from light snacks to full meals.
Can you help my parent eat, even if they are dealing with Alzheimer’s?
A significant number of clients under our care are suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. Our caregivers are trained to understand and handle the needs of individuals who may be dealing with these conditions.
Can you prepare particular recipes?
We will always try to prepare the foods that your loved ones prefer. If that isn’t possible for some reason, we can prepare similar alternatives.
My mother sometimes insists that the caregiver also cook a meal for me if I’m visiting at the same time. Can you do this?
It’s not at all unusual for our clients to ask caregivers to do this! We’re more than happy to prepare extra food for other family members present, but we do not prepare meals separately from what we’re making for our clients.
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