How Can Elder Care Help a Senior Struggling with Appetite Loss? If your senior has been struggling with appetite loss, you may be a concerned about their ability to maintain their health as they age in place. As a family caregiver, part of your efforts for your senior include helping them to maintain their health on a regular basis, and this includes encouraging them to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet as it gives them all the nutrients they need to stay strong and support a good immune system. Appetite loss can make your parent more vulnerable to illness and infection, and even make them more likely to suffer problems such as broken bones. Having an elderly home care services provider as a part of their regular care can help a senior struggling with appetite loss to eat a healthier diet on a regular basis.

Some ways elder care can help a senior struggling with appetite loss include:

  • Meal and snack preparation to ensure healthy foods are prepared on a regular basis. An elderly adult who is struggling with appetite loss may not want to cook, or may not remember they need to eat. A care provider who prepares these meals or snacks for your senior helps provide structure in the day and encourages your parent to eat when they need to
  • Meal and snack preparation also allows your parent to enjoy more of their favorite foods that may have become too challenging for them to prepare, or that they might not think of preparing just for themselves. Simply knowing they have access to these delicious, nostalgic foods can encourage them to eat more
  • Companionship can help a senior cope with depression and feelings of isolation that can suppress their appetite and make it less likely they will prepare healthy meals for themselves. Having someone else in the home with them boosts their emotional health and also provides more of a reason for them to make eating a central part of their routine
  • Encouraging your parent to eat small, frequent meals and snacks can encourage more nutrition on a daily basis. A senior with appetite loss may feel overwhelmed at the idea of eating three large meals a day, but may be more receptive to eating several mouthfuls every hour or two
  • Providing physical support, transportation, and encouragement that can help your parent to stay more physically active. Being more active on a regular basis burns calories and stimulates the appetite so your parent is more likely to eat more

The extremely personalized nature of elder care is one of the best benefits of this type of care for your senior. The efforts of an elderly home care services provider are designed with your parent’s specific needs and challenges in mind. This means you can feel confident as a family caregiver that your parent is getting what they need, when they need it, both when you can directly care for them and when you can’t. This type of care encourages your parent to manage their challenges and issues in the ways that are right for them, while also is supporting a lifestyle that is safe and healthy, and as independent as possible as your parent ages in place. The services can include transportation, meal and snack preparation, companionship, going on outings together, enjoying fun activities such as arts and crafts, assistance with housekeeping tasks, help with personal care needs, medication reminders, and much more.