As individuals age, their nutritional needs may change. Some may have specific dietary requirements due to medical conditions or medications. As caregivers, it is important to ensure that our loved ones receive proper nutrition. Proper nutrition can impact seniors’ health positively, including maintaining physical health and supporting the immune system. Caring for our seniors and providing them with proper nutrition requires thoughtful planning and attention to their specific needs. Here are some tips to help ensure your loved ones receive the nutrition they need:
- Understand their dietary needs
Learn about any dietary restrictions or requirements your loved ones may have as a result of medical conditions, allergies, or medications. If necessary, consult with their healthcare provider or a registered dietitian.
- Offer a balanced diet
Provide a wide range of foods from various food groups, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins (such as poultry, fish, beans, and nuts), and dairy or alternatives (if tolerated). If your loved ones need specialized meal planning and preparation, providers of non-medical home care services can assist with comprehensive meal services.
- Encourage hydration
Dehydration is a risk for older adults, so make sure they drink plenty of water throughout the day. Regularly provide water, herbal teas, or other non-caffeinated beverages.
Daily City Home Care specializes in providing veterans care in California. Our mission is to be a pillar of compassionate support and improve the lives of seniors and their families. We deliver high-quality care services that cater to our clients’ personal health needs.