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Living well at home

Originally published in the Apple valley Scoop Issue 22 (November 2010) by Nancy Blezy RN, Nurse Manager, Careforce Health Services

“I just don’t think dad is eating well.”

“All mom eats is toast washed down with tea.”

“What can I do to help?”

If you have these concerns start with assessing some of the “why’s” of poor nutrition:

Responses to these questions will give you a direction to focus your attention. At Careforce Health Services we are often contacted by family members concerned that their loved ones aren’t eating well. Meal planning specific to individual tastes, preferences and dietary needs, shopping and food preparation are part of the service our caregivers provide. We also work with clients to increase socialization around food; for example, working together to prepare meals or bake with clients struggling with memory losses thereby helping them maintain a sense of independence and control over their shrinking world. Good nutrition is essential to aging well. It allows us to maintain our health and reduce the need for health care interventions. Please call us if you have any questions or comments. Bon appetite!