Nutrition and Meal Management
The mental and physical ability to do meal planning, cooking, cleaning 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 post-meal clean up as required by the physical or cognitive situation.
There is too much for our caregivers 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 meals 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 people are losing weight
• Preparing snacks and drinks to boost calorie intake.
• Handling eating issues to resolve 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• Going through the refrigerator and pantry and disposing of all spoiled and outdated items.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 and the least tired.
• To increase the appeal of food for those with decreased taste and smell by offering them 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 to 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 them 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
Our headquarters in Norwood, Massachusetts serves the Greater Boston communities in Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, Bristol and our office in Falmouth on Cape Cod serves Plymouth and Barnstable counties.
We provide private in-home care for elders, those with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, and people who are recuperating from illness, injury, or surgery.
We provide both short-term and long-term in-home care needs from as little as one 4 hour day a week to 24 Hour Care and Live-In Care.
We offer a full range of in-home personal care services including Bathing Assistance, Personal Hygiene and Grooming, Dressing Assistance, Toileting and Incontinence Assistance, Feeding Assistance, and Medication Reminders.
We also provide support services such as Case Management, Accompaniment to Appointments, Light Housekeeping and Laundry Services, Bed and Wheel Chair Transfers, and Shopping and Running Errands.
It is our pleasure to assist our veteran clients with VA Aid and Attendance Benefit approval at no cost.
To schedule a no cost and no obligation In-Home Assessment to determine the home care needs and get a quote, please call us to speak to a Case Manager at (800) 296-9962 or fill out our Free Quote Contact Form.