As a family caregiver, you already know how important it is to make sure that your aging parent eats a healthy diet. What they eat makes a tremendous impact on their physical health and well-being, as well as their ability to maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle as they age in place. If they are living with certain health conditions, such as diabetes, heart failure, cardiovascular disease, and more, they will also need to make adjustments to their diet in order to properly manage these conditions and further protect their health.
Whether you and your parent have goals for your parent to lose weight and boost their health, if you are preparing to make meaningful changes to your parent’s diet, your first step should be to talk to their doctor. This will give you valuable information about their dietary needs and recommendations for how to safely and smoothly make these changes.
Use these tips to help you talk to your senior’s diet about helping them to adopt a healthy diet:
-Express your motivations for making changes to your parent’s diet. This will help them to understand why you want to make these changes and give them context for what recommendations they can make to simplify this process and make it most beneficial
-Express your goals and the goals that your parent might have about their weight, their health, and their lifestyle. Sharing any goals can give the doctor the opportunity to tell you if these goals are safe and healthy, help you to formulate other goals if those are not appropriate, and give you recommended timelines for how to approach these goals
-Be sure to talk about all of the different health challenges and conditions that your parent has, even if they have other doctors who manage them. Dietary changes can impact health issues in a variety of ways and it is important to ensure that the changes that you make are in your parent’s best interest
-Ask for recommendations not just for the foods that your parent should be eating, but how to handle specific situations, such as eating out, fast food, special occasions, holidays, or treats
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 is considering hiring senior care in Pasadena, CA, please talk to the caring staff at Penny Lane Senior Care. Call today: (626) 335-9333
Brittany is the intake coordinator for Penny Lane Senior Care. She has been with the company for over 1 year.