Nutritional Needs for the Elderly

///Nutritional Needs for the Elderly

Services Including Nutrition and Meal Preparation Throughout Orange County CA

Nutrition and meal preparation are crucial factors in maintaining health and quality of life, particularly for the elderly or patients healing from surgery or injury. That is why enlisting a caregiver to provide nutrition and meal preparation services for an in home patient or elderly individual is so important. The caregivers at Competent Caregiving provide in home nutrition and meal preparation services to patients throughout Orange County CA.

When patients are recovering at home from illnesses or surgeries, the importance of nutrition grows in relevance and significance. Many patients recovering from an illness or surgery or elderly individuals, face challenges with shopping for food and preparing healthy, well-balanced meals. At a time when nutrition is most critical, it is important to make nutrition a priority. Poor nutrition can slow down the healing process or lead to further complications. Often seniors or individuals in the healing process have weakened immune systems, making them more susceptible and vulnerable to infections and other illnesses. Muscle and general body weakness, worsened by poor nutrition, can lead to physical issues such as broken bones and falls.

There are a number of reasons that prevent seniors or other patients from preparing proper meals. Some patients may not be mobile and others might have difficulty in getting transportation to grocery stores or navigating a store’s aisles. Others may have difficulty adhering to food selections necessary for a special diet. For patients with physical limitations due to recovery, moving about a store or a kitchen can be difficult or not even an option. In some cases, safely operating kitchen gadgets and appliances can be a challenge, creating an additional risk to the patient’s welfare.

With home health aides or in home caregivers, the uncertainty of grocery shopping and meal preparation duties is eliminated.

Keeping An Eye On Patients

With in-home care, patients and caregivers can have increased peace of mind when it comes to nutrition and meal preparation. In-home care can alleviate the stress and worry associated with maintaining correct nutrition. Home caregivers can offer a range of services related to nutrition that can make a significant difference in the health of the patient.

Home care aides can assist with transportation to grocery stores, grocery shopping, meal planning, meal preparation, feeding assistance and light housework such as cleanup. Patients who are physically able to visit the grocery store are encouraged to accompany their caregiver.

Home health aides can ensure that those patients on a special diet adhere to those restrictions and that meals are eaten at the proper times in relation to medication requirements. In some cases, patients can simply forget to prepare meals. Home caregivers can provide as much or as little assistance as the patient needs or wants, observe the patient’s ability, and monitor recovery progress or setbacks.

The Competent Caregiving Advantage

Competent Caregiving has been providing trained, experienced home health aides to Costa Mesa and Orange County residents and their families since 1988. Our employees understand the importance of proper nutrition among senior patients and other individuals requiring assistance. We work with patients and caregivers to develop the right plan to help give patients the assistance and independence they need.

In addition to nutritional support, the caregivers at Competent Caregiving offer a range of other services. Personal care services include help with bathing, dressing, and toileting. Our home aides also can help care for pets, remind patients to take medication, drive patients to medical appointments and provide companionship to patients.

All of our employees undergo rigorous background checks, including criminal background checks, prior to employment. When you or your loved one needs help with home care, Competent Caregiving is the right solution.