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Creating Healthy Home Care Nutrition and Lifestyle for Seniors

May 7, 2018 by Michele Berman

Home Care Diets for Seniors

There a ton of diets out on the Internet for every age group, including seniors. As we age, our bodies lose key nutrients. Nutrients needed for stronger bones and healthy heart, as well as for controlling diabetes and high blood pressure. However, most seniors do not have a proper diet because they don’t have the right foods, or they do not have someone caring for them, making sure they are eating and staying hydrated. And with all the information on food and nutrition, it’s hard to know which one to trust. When you have in-home care, you can be sure your elderly parent(s) will get the best senior diet.

 

Creating a Healthy Elderly Lifestyle

Home care nutrition doesn’t have to be boring or hard to stick to. With the right information and recipes, seniors can live longer, healthier lives. If a home health caregiver is necessary, the person should have training on the diets that are appropriate for the elderly as well as getting their clients to eat regular meals. Here are three diets that are approved for senior care:

  1. DASH – Good for preventing and lower high blood pressure (hypertension), this diet consists of foods that are rich in potassium, calcium, protein, and fiber. Foods that are emphasized are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy. The goal is to avoid foods that are high in fat, full-fat dairy, sugar, tropical oils and salt.
  2. TLC – If your client has high cholesterol, this diet works to lower it. The diet was created by the National Institutes of Health’s National Cholesterol Education Program. The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet is endorsed by the American Heart Association. The goal is to cut back on fat (i.e. saturated fats). Removing fatty meat, whole milk dairy, and friend foods will lower the risk of heart attack and stroke. A bonus is that your client will manage his or her high cholesterol without medication.
  3. Mediterranean – This diet works to improve heart and brain function, reduce weight and manage diabetes. The foods are more white meat, low in sugar, and saturated fats. There is also more produce and nuts. The weight will come off and stay off by adhering to the diet.

Seniors have a different caloric intake as opposed to those in their 20s and 30s. Older women need 1,600 – 2,200 calories a day. Older men need 2,000 – 2,800 calories. Also, there is a need for more protein with older adults. What it comes down to is making smart decisions and adapting to a new lifestyle. Bouncing from diet to diet can be harmful and will produce non-consistent results. Don’t forget about exercise!

 

Trusted Home Care in the Philadelphia Area

There are many factors to consider for home health care: grooming, exercise, nutrition, companionship and more. Comfort Keepers understands this and that’s why we strive to provide expert care for seniors in their own homes. Why pay more for an assisted living facility or nursing home if your parents can stay in their own homes? Your parents are used to their home and have made many memories there.

Our Comfort Keepers respect their clients’ homes and honor their memories. They are trained to spot signs of failing health due to not eating properly or not engaging with their family. It’s also important to know the medications they are taking, so they do not interact with the diet. If you are thinking about making a commitment to hiring an in-home agency, contact us or give us a call at 215-885-9140. We’ll go over the many services we offer and how we can create a customized plan for your parent(s). We look forward to helping you and your family!

 

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