Benefits of Home Care: Snack Preparation

By Robert D. Liken CPC, CTS, President

January 17, 2019

As a family caregiver, you know how important it is for your aging loved one to get the proper nutrition on a regular basis.
What they eat makes a tremendous difference in their health and functioning, and can even contribute to their quality of life.

Home Care Services in Mt. Lebanon PA: Senior Snacks
Home Care Services in Mt. Lebanon PA: Senior Snacks

For many elderly adults, getting the proper nutrition means more than just eating regular meals. Reduced appetite, diminished senses, and other issues can make it so your parent needs to change their focus to a more grazing approach to eating. Choosing the right types of snacks is vital to supporting good nutrition, helping your parent has sustained energy to handle their day, and keeping them as healthy as possible. Home care can be a fantastic way to make sure your parent has access to these healthy snacks.

Some ways snack preparation assistance for a home care provider can benefit your elderly loved one include:

-Providing easy access to healthy, balanced food for snacks so your parent is less likely to skip these snacks and experience hunger, health issues related to low blood sugar or not getting enough food, reduced energy, and other issues.

-Providing healthy, satisfying snacks so your parent is less likely to reach for convenience food items that may not offer the health benefits you want for them, or to wait until meals and risk overeating due to hunger.

-Making it easier for your senior to get the proper nutrition on a regular basis by encouraging them to eat small meals and snacks throughout the day. This can help a senior who has problems with eating much at the same time get in more nutrients throughout the day than they might if they only eat set meals.

-Helping your parent to enjoy more energy and sustained functioning by keeping their blood sugar at a good level, and providing them with valuable nutrient combinations including enough protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates.

Simply because you’re aging loved one is experiencing challenges does not mean they have to give up their independence and the lifestyle they enjoy.
As a family caregiver, you can make a huge difference in your parent’s life simply a by helping them to continue to live the life that is right for them. Bringing home care into their routine is a fantastic way to do this. An in-home senior care services provider acts as a supplement to the care you already give your parent to provide flexibility and quality of life for both of you. Not only can this personalized care support your health and well-being, but it also enables you to focus more energy and attention on your personal relationship with your parent rather than just worrying about their care needs.

If you are considering hiring Home Care Services in Mt. Lebanon, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Liken Home Care. Call (412) 693-6820 or (855) 856-0551.