Elder adults have unique nutritional needs. Despite a reduced need for calories, seniors still need a nutrient-rich diet to ensure their physical and emotional health. Sometimes, to prevent or control medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis, senior adults are on prescribed diets. Benefiting from these prescribed diets or simply enjoying a nutritious home-cooked meal becomes difficult when a senior is unable to feed themselves independently. This is why Comfort Keepers Peterborough caregivers are able to include Feeding Services for Seniors as part of the in-home care they provide.
Eating and drinking well and consistently are crucial for the overall health and wellbeing of a senior. Together with our client’s health care team and family, our Comfort Keepers are able to help ensure safe, comfortable and consistent meal times for their clients. Contact Us To Learn More About Feeding Services for Seniors
Being able to eat and drink independently is something we tend to take for granted. When challenges arise that limit this ability, the loss of independence can be difficult to accept. Comfort Keepers caregivers understand this and make the extra effort to turn mealtime into an enjoyable and social experience. For our caregivers, preserving the independence and dignity of a physically limited or unwell senior is just as important as ensuring they continue to benefit from a nutritious diet.
There are many different reasons why senior adults may need help or encouragement feeding themselves.
Additionally, ageing adults can have a hard time identifying the signs of hunger and thirst. Finally, living alone can affect a senior’s mental health. Depression or melancholy can make eating and drinking unappealing to seniors causing them to skip meals or to simply forget to hydrate themselves.
Our caregivers can help support their senior and adult clients during mealtime by making the process and experience of eating more accessible, enjoyable and — of course — safe. Comfort Keepers can help in a variety of ways including the following ways:
Our caregivers can also make note of changes to a senior client’s ability or inclination to eat and drink throughout the day and during mealtime. This is important because changes to a senior’s physical ability to eat could indicate other health concerns. Likewise, a refusal or lack of interest in eating can be a sign of poor mental health which should also be addressed.
Eating and drinking well is an important part of living a healthy and comfortable life. Comfort Keepers is here to support our senior and other adult clients with our in-home Feeding Services to ensure proper nutrition, good hydration and an enjoyable and social experience at mealtimes. If you or a senior in your family needs the support of a Comfort Keeper, contact us today to learn more about how we can help. Contact Comfort Keepers Peterborough Today