Ways to Prevent Malnutrition
- Exercise to increase appetite and strengthen muscles and bones.
- Make meals special with themes for the meal or dining out or having a ‘picnic.’
- Order takes out or home delivered meals. How about the home delivery meal kits, hot meals from local stores or Meals on Wheels.
- Plan with meal plans and grocery lists. Recruit trusted family and friends to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables and dairy products for meal preparation.
- Track medication interactions. Listen for upset stomach and other complaints that could reduce your loved one’s appetite.
- Get on the scale. Be sure to track your loved one’s weight looking for sudden weight gains or loss and long-term weight changes. Report all changes to your health care provider.
Who, what and when are you eating? Dietitians recommend keeping a food diary to track meals, snacks, and water intake. Dehydration is often overlooked but can cause major health problems and emergency department visit.
Food insecurity is caused by our community’s unwillingness to talk about the Unmentionables. In fact, we at REUNIONCare created this eating bundle contains helpful tools for seniors and caregivers for restore the pleasure to breaking bread together. Credit For Caring aims to recover some of your personal time and energy with our care management tools and resources. We believe that preserving human dignity and independence rank as the highest human aspiration despite any physical limitations that beset us. Our healthcare team believes in proactive planning for life’s what if’s.
Monica Stynchula – CEO / REUNIONCare, Inc.