Five Ways for Your Senior to Eat Healthier

Healthier eating can help your aging adult to feel much better, even while managing chronic health issues. Here are some suggestions to help her to eat better.

 

Home Care Services in Lafayette CA: Five Ways to Eat Healthier

Home Care Services in Lafayette CA: Five Ways to Eat Healthier

 

Talk to Your Senior’s Doctor

The first step when you and your senior are interested in improving her eating habits is to talk with your senior’s doctor. Her doctor can help you to evaluate what your elderly family member eats now and what healthier options are for her. Tiny steps are usually best at first because they allow your elderly family member to gradually start eating different types of foods.

 

Bump up Her Activity Level

Another recommendation your senior’s doctor might have is to increase her activity level. Assuming that she’s able to exercise per her doctor, your elderly family member may find that increasing her activity level also improves her appetite. Her body starts to crave fuel that isn’t empty calories, which is much healthier for her.

 

Look for Ways to Add Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are an instant improvement to your senior’s diet. Even if she’s eating some fruits and vegetables now, adding more is always good. They’re full of vitamins and minerals that your elderly family member needs in her diet. Eating a “rainbow” of veggies and fruits is ideal because she gets a variety of nutrients that way.

 

Set a Cut-off Time for Eating

Your elderly family member might not realize it, but when she eats is just as important as what she eats. If she’s eating meals and snacks later in the day, that can contribute to heartburn and to other digestive issues that make her less happy about eating. She may find that she sleeps much better when she sets a cut-off time for her last snack of the day.

 

Make Meals Easy

The easier it is for your elderly family member to eat healthier meals, the more likely she’ll be to actually eat those foods. Senior care providers can take care of the food preparation for your elderly family member and they can even do the grocery shopping. Anything that makes eating healthy as easy as possible is going to improve the odds that your elderly family member sticks to her new eating plan.

When your elderly family member starts to eat healthier meals on a regular basis, she may find that some of the health issues she’s had a tough time managing on her own. She may also experience better moods, easier sleep, and boosted energy levels.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care Services in Lafayette, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care. Call today: (415) 795-2203

Evan Loevner, CEO

As a former hospital administrator, I launched Aviva with the goal of having a more focused, direct impact on the delivery of care than I could ever accomplish within a hospital setting. For me, the joy of running an organization like Aviva In-Home Care is having the ability to positively improve the lives of individuals needing customized care. As a passionate San Francisco resident, I know that many local seniors can benefit from new approaches to in-home care, that will bring them more connection to the community, and provide families with a greater sense of comfort that their loved one is indeed matched with an ideal caregiver. This starts by including the family throughout the care planning process, a key component of the concept of “family-centered care,” which has been adopted by top medical centers. A strong communication loop between family, the caregiver, Aviva management, and community healthcare practitioners is essential for ensuring that all the needs of the client are met. While this may not sound like a novel concept, it is not commonly practiced within the home care community.

At Aviva, we also use the latest in health technology to maximize opportunities for communication between all members of our client’s care circles. We utilize nursing oversight to ensure that we are in compliance with physician orders, and that our careplans are being properly administered. Lastly, Aviva is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice, a national network of leading home care agencies that share best practices and focus on continual improvement.

As owner of the business, I also promise to you my direct involvement in your loved ones care, and will always make myself available for feedback and improvements in our service. I look forward to working with you and your loved one on creating a care plan that is perfectly suited to the family's needs. Thank you for considering Aviva as your care partner.