Caring for Good Nutrition
Make dining a pleasure and reap the nutrition
benefits by implementing the following:
As a Caregiver, donít forget to take care of
your own nutritional needs.
- Create a relaxed environment during mealtimes.
- Keep the pace leisurely and the
- Donít dwell if one refuses to eat.
- If weight loss or minimal appetite are concerns,
- Offer smaller portions and more frequent
meals or snacks. For example, serve six
small meals per day, rather than 3 meals
- Provide a variety of high calorie, nutrient rich
foods, such as cream of vegetable soup with
powdered milk added, mashed potatoes with
butter and whole milk, creamed spinach, or
apples with peanut butter and honey.
- Consider providing an instant breakfast drink
made with milk as a snack.
- Serve a variety of nutritious, old-fashioned,
- If your loved one has difficulty using utensils,
be flexible and offer finger foods. Some examples
are diced vegetables, bite size chicken,
cheese cubes, or bread.
- If your loved one has swallowing problems,
slightly thickened liquids may help. Examples
are vegetable juice and fruit nectars. Please
seek medical advice for further evaluation and
food texture modifications.
- Ensure water and other fluids are available all
day. Include juices, broth, gelatin, ice pops,
decaffeinated coffee or tea.
For further questions, please contact you local
Area Agency on Aging