Comfort Keepers of Shelton: Seniors & Nutrition
The Challenges Of Hunger And Under-Nutrition Among America's Aging Population
More than 1 in 2 seniors in the care of others are at risk for under- or mal-nutrition (Mayo Clinic/American Dietetic Association). Malnutrition is the lack of proper nutrition, not necessarily a lack of food. Detecting malnutrition in seniors may be difficult, and even seniors who eat enough may be eating the wrong foods to keep themselves healthy. At Comfort Keepers®, we help seniors live healthy, independent lives. That's why we have created an initiative to address senior nutrition issues.
As seniors age and change, so do their nutritional needs. So keeping them properly fed and healthy makes a real difference in their quality of life. Comfort Keepers wants caregivers and family members to be aware of ways to monitor the nutrition of seniors in your care. Download our nutrition fact sheet to learn more about detecting hunger and malnutrition in seniors, tips for eating on a fixed income and eating healthy to manage symptoms.
In an effort to help build awareness about senior nutrition issues, we are using the holiday season to share nutrition resources with caregivers and family members. Follow us on Twitter, visit our blog, or visit our Comfort Keepers Facebook page to learn more about stopping senior hunger.
As a caregiver or family member, you need to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of hunger or malnutrition in older adults. Here are some ways to monitor the nutrition of seniors in your care:
Watch for physical problems such as poor wound healing, easy bruising and dental difficulties.
Keep track of weight loss which may require purchasing a home scale or transporting to the doctor's office for weight checks when the individual is unable to stand without assistance.
Pay close attention to seniors' eating habits and ask them to tell you where and when they eat, but don't rely on self-reports alone. Since Comfort Keepers® often spend mealtimes with seniors at home, they may have a better idea of normal eating habits.
Suggest family members visit during mealtimes which can improve a senior's consumption. If a senior lives alone, make sure you know who is buying his or her food.
Know what medications an older loved one takes and how often they can affect appetite and digestion. Use the resources available through your local retail pharmacist to check for drug nutrient interactions or possible side effects of prescribed medications.
If there are medical questions regarding nutrition, medication and health Comfort Keepers® suggests seniors, their family members and other caregivers speak with doctors about tests that can help identify chronic malnutrition or other nutrition-related problems.
About Comfort Keepers of Shelton, CT:
Comfort Keepers of Shelton, CT is a leading provider of quality in home care services. Our expert employee caregivers provide customized home care plans that may include personal care and companionship-homemaker services. We help seniors and other adults live an independent, quality life where they most prefer, in their own homes. We pride ourselves on providing quality, loving elder care services to our clients, as if we were caring for a member of our own family. Our in home care services include respite care, dementia care, in home personal care, Alzheimer's care, transitioning home, and 24 hour round the clock care. After an initial in home consultation, our caregivers will create a customized senior care plan that will suit your family's every need. During the consultation, a senior care expert will assess your loved one's mental and physical capabilities as well as the state of their home. They may make some recommendations, such as floor lights or hand rails. We will then match a qualified caregiver with your family who will execute the care plan. We will work with your family to ensure your senior loved one remains happy and healthy in the comfort of their own home. Please call (203) 929-4949 or contact us to learn more about Comfort Keepers in home care in Shelton, CT. We proudly serve Shelton and the surrounding cities of Trumbull, Monroe, Stratford, Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Beacon Falls, Orange, Oxford, Southbury, Hamden and Woodbridge, CT Contact us or call (203) 924-4949 to learn more about in home care from Comfort Keepers of Shelton, CT.
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