January 1st through 7th is Diet Resolution Week. This is the ideal opportunity for you and your aging parent to evaluate their weight, their eating habits, their activity level, and their health and begin to make changes that can help them to stay happier, healthier, and more fulfilled as they age in place. It is very important that before you make any major changes to your parent’s diet or encourage them to start any physical activity, that you discuss these changes with their doctor to ensure that they are safe and healthy for your parent. Sitting down and talking to your parent’s doctor can also be a fantastic way to get recommendations and suggestions for the types of dietary restrictions and guidelines that may be best for your senior considering their individual health and any conditions that they may have.
Use these tips to help you talk to your aging parent
about their diet during Diet Resolution Week:
-Talk to them about any dietary restrictions or guidelines that they have received from their doctor. Make sure that they understand not just what these restrictions and guidelines are, but also why the doctor gave them to them. Understanding these better is an important part of encouraging your parent to be compliant and an active part of making these changes.
-Ask your parents about their favorite foods. Even if they have restrictions, it is likely that you will be able to help them find healthy alternatives to the flavors and food that they enjoy the most so that these changes do not seem as daunting and unpleasant
-Talk to your parent about basic dietary concepts such as how many calories that they should have in a day and the importance of eating a varied diet. Many elderly adults come from a time when a meat and potatoes diet as the norm and there was not as much understanding about the importance of getting the full range of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients.
How can senior care help?
Starting senior care for your aging loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make during the course of your caregiver journey with them. A senior home care services provider can be in the home with your parent on a fully customized schedule, meaning that they will have continued and reliable access to the support, care, assistance, and companionship that they need to manage their individual needs and challenges, as well as to support their quality of life.
The highly personalized services that such a caregiver can provide will help your aging parent stay healthy, safe, happy, and comfortable, while also encouraging them to live a lifestyle that is as independent, active, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering senior care in Palatine, IL, please contact the caring staff at Inspired Care Home Health today. Call and talk to our friendly caring staff at 847-787-7572.