Eating healthy meals on a daily basis ensures that your elderly family member has the fuel and nutrients that she needs. If you’re short on time, though, cooking and planning meals can feel impossible. Here are a few ways to save time while helping your senior to eat healthy.
Use a Slow Cooker or a Pressure Cooker.
Slow cookers and pressure cookers are masters of reclaiming some of your time. You simply put ingredients in and delicious meals come back out. You can customize recipes to match up with what your senior enjoys eating and the types of foods that she needs to add to her regular diet. Find a cooker with a timer feature or one that you can control through a smartphone app and you have even more control.
Have Groceries Delivered.
Depending on where you live, there might be one or more grocery stores in your area that offer delivery. This can save you so much time and energy because you literally put together your order, submit the order, and then wait for the delivery. Some services will also unpack the delivery for you. They won’t be able to cook it for your senior, of course, but it’s a start.
Hire Elderly Care Providers.
Elderly care providers are specially trained to understand the needs of their senior clients and their caregivers. They can help you to figure out what needs to be done in order to get healthy meals in front of your elderly family member and then make it happen. When you feel as if you need a second copy of yourself to get more done for mealtime, then senior care providers are that extra set of hands you’re seeking.
Enlist Friends and Family Members.
Friends and family members might not be able to help out with meals as often as you need, like three times a day, every day. But what they might be able to do is to sign up to bring over a meal every few days or so. If you have enough friends and family in the area willing to sign up on a schedule, you might be surprised at how well you’d be able to get food on the table for your senior even when you can’t do it yourself.
It’s frustrating to feel as if you just don’t have the time to help your senior to eat well, but you may have more options than you think. Try some of these ideas and see how they work for you and your aging adult. You might find that a combination of several options works the best for your particular situation.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional elderly care in Alabaster, AL, call and talk to the staff at Lipford Home Care (205) 623-5700.
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