Nutrition is vital to everyone’s well-being, but doubly important where seniors are concerned. If a senior is not eating enough, eating poorly or failing to intake enough fluids, it can lead to serious health complications. One of the primary duties of caregivers across the nation is to ensure that the nutritional needs of their loved ones, or the senior they take care of, are met.
Meals for seniors must be well thought out as cooking for seniors requires meeting the needs of their diet. Whether a senior is diabetic, has high blood pressure or suffers from another ailment, the food they eat must adhere to these dietary requirements. Furthermore, if a senior is on certain medications, they might also have to skip certain foods and eat at certain times.
Here’s just a quick look at some of the things to keep in mind when cooking for seniors:
For obvious reasons, it is of critical importance to keep an eye on the blood pressure of all seniors in order to reduce the risk of various health problems including a stroke. As such, sodium and salt, for example, must be approached with extreme care, though must be included when cooking meals for seniors in order to facilitate good health.
Calorie counting is also of huge importance when preparing meals for seniors as depending on the health and activity level of the person in question, they may need considerably more or less than the 2,500/2,000 recommended daily allowance.
Professional caregivers have a responsibility to monitor all vital nutrients and ensure that seniors are taking in the optimum dose of all key vitamins and minerals every day without fail – a task that’s not as easy as it sounds.
As the digestive system and metabolism can slow down rather severely during later years, it’s vital to ensure that things are kept moving as regularly and predictably as possible with the necessary intake of fiber from the best possible sources. There are many ways to add more fiber when cooking for seniors, including adding more fibrous vegetables like broccoli and leafy greens.
Last up, hydration must be kept at the recommended level of a good eight to ten glasses of water each and every day, in order to prevent dehydration, constipation and any number of urinary infections and complaints.