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How to Address Your Elderly Loved One’s Hunger

By Cherie Coe, 9:00 am on

Nearly all seniors are fiercely protective of their independence. As a result, many aging adults are reluctant to admit they’re having difficulty feeding themselves. Regardless of whether your senior loved one is overwhelmed by transportation challenges, budgeting concerns, or dwindling cooking abilities, there are a number of things you can do to keep him or her from going hungry.

Provide Lists of Local Resources

Make sure your loved one knows about the best local resources for preventing his or her food supply from getting too low. There are food banks and food pantries that offer free durable goods and readymade meals to people who are unable to secure food on their own due to living on a fixed income. Visiting these locations once or twice each month can make it easier for your loved one to eat well. 

Offer Transportation Assistance

You can also offer to drive your loved one to the grocery store or the food bank as needed. In fact, you can even drive a few of your loved one’s friends as well. Not only can everyone get the food they need for meeting their nutritional requirements, but these outings can also be a great time for everyone to socialize and catch up on recent events. There are also low-cost services that provide door-to-door transportation for aging adults who have a hard time getting around on their own, or you can hire a professional Jefferson County hourly caregiver to provide transportation.

Volunteer at a Local Food Bank

When you take your loved one to a local food bank, ask this organization if there is anything you can do to help. Organizing a food drive in your workplace is a great way to collect canned goods and other durable items to share. You can also assist with onsite tasks such as cleanup, inventory management, and other efforts that keep food pantries running smoothly.

Schedule Meal Preparation Services

Many communities have meal delivery services that will drop ready made meals off to housebound seniors with limited mobility. These services are often free or may be available at a very nominal cost. In addition to meal delivery services, you can also secure meal preparation assistance from a Jefferson County, CO, elderly care company. A home caregiver can prepare fresh, home-cooked meals for your loved one that can be frozen and reheated as necessary.

In addition to helping your loved one with meal preparation, the caregivers at Jefferson County Home Care Assistance can also help with tasks like bathing, grooming, and exercise. Each of our caregivers is trained in the Balanced Care Method, which encourages seniors to eat well, get plenty of physical activity, and focus on other lifestyle factors that can help them lead a happier and healthier life. For more information on the respite and live-in home care Jefferson County families trust and rely on, call one of our experienced Care Managers at (303) 987-5992 today.