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text 2021-01-26 19:29
Elderly Nutrition tips every Home Carer should Consider

 

 

 

Paying attention to some of the obvious signs of ageing is easy. After all, it is not possible to ignore things like memory problems, frailty and mobility issues. Some of the less obvious factors, such as nutrition, are just as important, if not more. If that is the last thing on your mind, you need to start paying attention. 

According to many home care experts, many people ignore elderly nutritional requirements. As a result, they don’t ensure their loved ones get the required nutrients. This could lead to a host of problems, which are easily avoidable when the following tips are taken into consideration:

Packing in protein is important – protein is the most critical component of muscle. Because muscle loss naturally increases with ageing, especially after 60, protein deficiencies in elderly individuals can harm health. Older people need to eat more protein, just so that they can counteract the loss of muscle mass in their bodies, i.e. the process of sarcopenia. 


  • Fruits and veggies – a lot of adults fail to eat 5 fruits/vegetables a day, which is an absolute mistake. Take it from Japan – health experts there recommend that older individuals have at least 17 portions of fruits and vegetables for good health each day. And the more varied the food, the better the nutrient intake. 

  • Getting enough Calcium – Calcium is crucial for good bone health. With age, humans absorb less and less Calcium. Thus, an elderly individual needs to eat more Calcium-rich foods. It makes for an important addition to their diet. 

  • Vitamins are important as well – older people often have vitamin D deficiency, which can exacerbate a host of conditions. That is why they need to eat some oily fish, like trout, mackerel, sardines or salmon. They are all very rich in Vitamin D. B-12 deficiency (Folate) is also a common occurrence in old people. This vitamin is present in dairy, eggs and meat. If adults don’t eat enough of these foods, they should consider supplements. 
  • Eating more iron-rich foods – every elder requires adequate iron intake. But there needs to be a fine balance, because too much iron creates stomach issues, whereas too little iron can lead to anaemia. That is why elders should be focused on foods that are rich in iron. The examples include leafy green vegetables, poultry and dried fruits. 

  • Less sugar and salt – older adults can experience many problems if their salt intake is too great. Because salt sensitivity increases with age, it is important to actively limit the amount of salt that old individuals consume. Pretty much the same goes for sugar as well. Adults need not avoid it entirely, though they should take active steps to minimise it. Sugar has been proven to be damaging to the skin, and can also lead to diabetes and kidney disease. 

  • Less alcohol and more water – the body’s mechanism of telling us we feel thirsty and essentially nudging us to drink more water get worse with age. That is why adults are much more likely to get dehydrated without even realizing it. At the same time, adults need to be more mindful of the amount of alcohol they consume. The problem with alcoholic drinks is that they can take years off of the lifespan of an old individual. Every caregiver should stay on top of limiting alcohol intake while ensuring the person takes enough water to stay hydrated.

Nutrition is an important aspect of elderly care, which every caregiver needs to be more mindful of. 

© Home Care Preferred Exeter

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text 2020-09-28 14:54
5 Benefits of Live-in Care Service that Make it Great

 

Live-in care service is ideal for all those individuals who have an elderly parent or a loved one of old age in need of special care and attention. Sometimes, it is impossible to provide all of the caregiving on your own and so you will look at options to get outside help. Live-in care is one of the best solutions in this case. 

 

The service itself is most commonly provided by agencies that specialise in caregiving work. When you contact one and arrange a live-in care service for your parent, you are gaining a lot of benefits. Let’s see some of them. 

 

  • Not having to move the person to a care facility – the most notable benefit that live-in care provides is the fact that it enables the old person to remain in their home. Instead of them having to move to a care facility, they maintain familiarity and comfort of their familiar surroundings, all the while getting the outside help they need so much. Moving at old age is very stressful, and oftentimes the person will resist the idea. They will be much more willing to accept help in the form of a live-in care professional, knowing they can continue living in their home. 

 

  • Relatives can visit any time they wish – another benefit that comes from the fact the old person doesn’t move out of their home lies with relatives and loved ones being able to visit at any time. Unlike a care facility, which usually has some strict visiting hours, live-in care enables and encourages visits from other people in the home of the elderly individual. 
  • The person gets to keep any pets – if the old person has any pets, they have likely become a vital part of their life. With live-in care, pets can remain with the person. In fact, the caregiver may also be able to provide some help for looking after the pets. 

 

  • It is highly-specialised – another great thing about live-in care service is that it varies from person to person. The needs of every elderly individual are assessed and reviewed, and then the agency builds the service around that. There is hardly a one-size-fits-all approach because people have different needs. Some elderly individuals suffer from diseases and special conditions that require a more specialised approach. Others are mostly in need of some help with everyday tasks, like bathing, washing, cleaning the home, shopping, etc.

 

  • Then there is also the companionship aspect. Some elderly individuals just need a person they can interact with and talk to, which is another thing that live-in carers can assist with. It bears mentioning that the service itself is also quite versatile, because the needs of the person may change over time, in which case the service needs to change as well. 

 

  • It is more cost-effective – many people believe that the service itself is quite expensive. However, in reality, it is much more cost-effective than moving the person to a care facility. This is especially the case when the care need involves a couple. Having them both in separate rooms in a care home is more expensive than having a single caregiver come to their place to assist daily. Based on your location, you can even take advantage of various support schemes. 

 

As you can see, there are quite a lot of benefits to resorting to live-in care services. From independence, such choice provides, to the specialised service and attention, it is truly a worthy option for any elderly individual. 

 

© Home Care Preferred Exeter

 

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