Nutrition and Meal Management
The mental and physical ability to do meal planning, cooking, clean up, storage and safely use kitchen equipment and utensils are Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs).
Mealtimes are important as they provide a welcome break in the day and meals should be enjoyable so that the person will look forward to them.
Our caregivers can do meal planning, preparation and clean up post meal as required by the physical or cognitive situation.
There is too much for our caregiver’s to do for us to cook meals from scratch and meals are normally delivered from Meals-on-Wheels, community meals, or other meal services. Especially if the situation requires multiple smaller meals a day due to eating restrictions or issues.
Our Nutrition and Meal Management services include:
• Properly preparing the meal as required by the physical or cognitive situation.
• Ordering nutritious meals based on our client’s likes and eating restrictions.
• Heating meals and testing that the temperature is not too hot or too cold.
• Boosting food intake when appetite is poor or they are losing weight
• Preparing snacks and drinks to boost calorie intake.
• Handling eating issues and resolving them.
• Going through the refrigerator and pantry and disposing of all spoiled and outdated items.
Unique HomeCare Services can also provide Feeding Assistance if needed.
We also offer grocery shopping services if required.
Family Caregiver Feeding Tips
These are our tips for the family caregiver in planning and preparing meals for their loved one:
• Choose foods that are easy to eat, such as meatballs versus steak.
• Avoid fussy meal presentation.
• Cut food into as small pieces as required for the person’s situation.
• Offer more food at the time of the day when the person is the most hungry or the least tired.
• To increase the appeal of food for those with decreased taste and smell by offering foods with stronger tastes.
• Use milk and cream in place of water in soups and cooked cereals to boost calorie intake.
• Add saturated fats by adding butter or olive oil on foods to boost calorie intake.
• Add nonfat dried milk powder to foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes, gravy and sauces to boost calorie intake.
• Offer them milk and fruit shakes as a drink.
• Offer pureed, finely ground foods, similar to baby food if the person has difficulty chewing and swallowing.
• Between meals, provide nourishing snacks, such as pudding, stewed fruits and finger foods.
• Supplement drinks can provide needed nourishment and calories between meals but they are not meal replacements.
Additional Family Caregiver Resources
For additional Family Caregiver tips please see our directory of Online Resources.
About Unique HomeCare Services
Unique HomeCare Services provides in-home care for elders, those with special needs, and people who are recuperating from illness, injury, or surgery.
We offer a full range of in-home care services such as personal care, grooming and incontinence care, bathing and dressing, post-hospitalization care, Alzheimer’s and Dementia care, and medication management.
We also provide non-medical support services such as meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping, caring companionship, shopping/errands, accompanying to medical and other appointments, as well as case management services.
It is our pleasure to assist our veteran clients with VA Aid and Attendance Benefit approval at no cost.
Our service area is Boston, Norwood, Dedham, Westwood, Walpole, Canton, Sharon, Stoughton, Avon, Braintree, Easton, Milton, Quincy, Weymouth, and surrounding towns.
To schedule a no cost and no obligation full In-Home Assessment to determine the home care needs of you or your loved one please call us at (800) 296-9962 to speak to a Case Manager or fill out our Free Quote Contact Form.