Live-In Care for Seniors in Durham NH
September is Hunger Action Month and the poor and elderly are most at risk of not eating properly throughout the day. For an elderly individual who relies on live in care for seniors, getting enough nutrition throughout the day can be a complicated matter, especially if the senior is refusing to eat breakfast, skips out on lunch for the most part, or has other issues eating properly.
While there is little somebody can do about an elderly individual who refuses certain meals, a live in caregiver should be paying attention to the senior’s diet. They should be keeping track of what the senior eats, how much they eat, and focus on encouraging a better diet overall.
Here are four ways you can know if the live in caregiver is actually doing this when providing support to the senior.
1. An improvement in the senior’s complexion.
If you notice your elderly loved one’s complexion beginning to improve after a period of time in which it seemed to be diminishing in appearance and quality, that could be directly related to diet. Getting more vitamins and other nutrients in their daily diet will generally have a direct impact on the appearance of the skin.
2. A change in energy levels.
If the senior is suddenly being more active, energized, and seems more determined to do certain things on his own, it could be the direct result of many factors, including eating properly.
3. Ask the senior what he’s had for the past few meals.
Unless the elderly individual has Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia or memory loss, he should be able to tell you what he had for breakfast, lunch, and maybe the previous few meals. That should give you a pretty good idea about an improvement in their diet thanks to the live in caregiver.
4. Talk to the caregiver directly.
While family members certainly want to be involved in their loved one’s life, especially when they are relying on somebody for the first time, it’s important not to cross the line from being inquisitive to untrusting. You need to be able to trust the live-in caregiver, and sitting down to talk about what types of meals they have prepared for the senior, whether or not the elderly individual aided, and what they have planned for the future are good ways to go about it without overstepping any boundaries.
When the caregiver is paying attention to diet, it’s going to provide benefits for the senior.
If you or someone you know needs the help of live-in care services near Durham, NH, contact the staff at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (603) 609-0166 for more information.
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