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In Home Care - Essential Nutrition Tips for Seniors

by Amy, January 16, 2015

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At Care Indeed, our home caregivers understand the importance of good nutrition, particularly for seniors. There are many instances in which those in San Francisco and other nearby areas have in-home care providers who prepare meals frequently, so we thought nutrition would be a good topic to cover.

Caregivers can have a big impact on the overall health of those they care for, not only in terms of providing nutritious meals, but in supporting interest and guidance in regards to physical activity as well. A nutritious diet not only improves health, but can support a better quality of life, too.

Seniors have different diet needs than those who are younger, often because of deficiencies in certain nutrients. As a caregiver, it's important to be aware of the following when preparing meals, whether the caregiver is family or from a trusted care facility.

Seniors often have problems with constipation; including fiber in the diet not only assists with regular bowel movements, but also works to lower the risk of heart disease.

Lower sodium intake and increased potassium is important for maintaining good heart health and reducing the likelihood of high blood pressure, or hypertension.

Most seniors develop some level of osteoporosis, particularly women. Adding vitamin D and calcium to the diet can help maintain strong bones and reduce the risk of breakage during a fall.

Healthy blood cells and nerves require vitamin B12, a vitamin many seniors are insufficient in. B12 can make those who are elderly feel better in a general sense.

Because of the correlation to high cholesterol and heart disease, trans fats and saturated fats should be closely monitored. A low-fat diet is much healthier for the cardiovascular system, and can help reduce both high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Naturally, there will be some foods your clients simply refuse to eat. However, knowing their likes/dislikes will make it easier to prepare foods they enjoy in a healthier way. All of us have our own taste preferences, and those who are aging each have specific dietary needs. By working closely with our clients, our in home caregivers soon learn what works in terms of a healthier diet for a particular client.

For outstanding quality in home care, call Care Indeed today. Our caregivers are compassionate, caring, and dedicated to improving the lives of seniors.