Feeding Assistance For Seniors
There are many eating issues that your elderly loved one faces. Dietary restrictions, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, or other degenerative health issues can hinder seniors' nutrition and health.
The trick is knowing how to provide an easy way for seniors to get the right amount of calories and nutrition in their meals.
If you or your loved one is seeking in-home care, ask about feeding assistance and meal preparation.
Feeding Assistance Safety Tip
90-Degree Angle Rule.
Ankles, knees, and hips should be at a 90-degree angle when possible. The feet should be flat on the floor or utilize the supports of their wheelchair. Their head should be straight with the chin facing downward just a bit.
Poor positioning can cause aspiration or choking. These two issues can be fatal.
If you have trouble with proper positioning, you can always get personal care at home services, so the elder care providers can take over this task.
Feeding Assistance Tip For Picky Eaters
Some seniors can’t or won't drink water or juice if it isn’t mixed in with something because of the taste or consistency.
Sometimes, seniors can’t eat or won't eat certain foods, because of the taste, texture, or consistency.
Learning what your elderly loved one can and can’t eat or drink is important to help them get the daily recommended fluids and nutrition.
Mixing water with flavor, making smoothies, puree food, cutting food into the right size, etc. are all things to experiment with to find the right method for ensuring you or your loved can enjoy their meal.