Malnutrition is a scary problem that your elderly family member could face at any point. Usually it’s easy to spot why your senior isn’t getting the nutrition that she should, but there are also some more subtle reasons behind malnutrition in the elderly.
She’s Concerned about Shopping Safely
You might take it for granted, but your aging family member could feel extremely uncomfortable going out to the grocery store. She may feel unstable on her feet or she may worry that she’ll have some sort of problem or difficulty while she’s out that can create a safety problem while she’s out. Being afraid for her safety can cause your elderly family member to stay at home even when she knows that she needs to stock up. One way around this is to take over grocery shopping for your senior so that she doesn’t have to worry about it.
Cooking or Eating Alone Are Not Appealing at All
If your aging adult is spending a great deal of her time alone, she may not be enjoying that as much as you might think. In fact, cooking and eating alone are really low on the list of things that most people enjoy. Talk to your senior about how much she’s enjoying cooking these days. If you get a mediocre response, it might be time to help out with cooking or to hire a home care services provider who can come in to cook for your loved one.
She’s Worried about Food Costs
As sensitive as some other reasons may seem, your senior may really not want to talk about her concerns about the cost of purchasing the food that she really needs. Food costs are going up all the time and with other expenses, your elderly family member might worry that she’s going to have to choose between groceries and other necessities. You may be able to help her out some and there are agencies that help the elderly to get the food that they need as well.
She’s Not Sure What to Eat Now
Changing health situations can often mean that your aging family member simply doesn’t know what she can or should eat any longer. You can ask her doctor for a list of recommended foods and meal ideas. If the budget allows, a few sessions with a dietician can also be helpful. Don’t forget also that support groups often deal with these types of problems and other members can give you tons of ideas.
Tackling some of these more hidden aspects of malnutrition can give your senior a better chance of getting more of the nutrients that she really needs to be getting. Talk with her doctor about other considerations you need to be aware of while helping your elderly family member to eat better and more regularly.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services near Lancaster City PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller. Mary Lynne is a Google Verified Author