Meals can be a difficult time for your aging adult for a variety of reasons. Whether she simply doesn’t like cooking or finds it too complicated to figure out what to eat, there are things you can do to make meals as easy as possible for your senior.
Ask Other Family Members to Contribute a Meal
Many caregivers are reluctant to bother other family members, but they can be an excellent source of help when it comes to putting meals together. Let them know about any special dietary requirements and ask if they’d be willing to cook an extra meal once a week. Don’t forget that you can talk to friends and neighbors, too. Cooking an extra meal isn’t asking a lot, especially if you have enough people who can do so once a week or so. Before long, you can build up quite a freezer stash for your senior.
Make Double Recipes When You Cook
When you cook, consider doubling or even tripling the recipe. This is an especially good idea if you’re making something that your elderly family member particularly enjoys or that you only make now and again. When it’s time to store the dish, divide it into single-serving containers and seal those well. Make sure they’re labeled and that you include information about how to reheat as well as the date the dish was cooked.
Keep an Ingredient and Meal Inventory
If you know what your elderly family member has on hand in her fridge, freezer, and pantry, you might be surprised how organized you can be about meal planning. Every couple of weeks, take the time to go through each and jot down what your elderly family member has on hand and when it’s likely to go bad. You may even find that there’s enough on hand in the freezer for you to take a little break.
Hire Some Help
Sometimes no matter how much you want to be able to cook for your aging family member, it just isn’t possible. This isn’t a failing on your part at all. Another option can be that you hire home care providers to cook for your love done. They can make sure that she’s eating well so that you’re freed up to handle other issues in your life and your senior’s life.
Making meals easier for your elderly family member also makes them easier for you. With just a little bit of planning ahead of time, you can put home-cooked nutritious meals on the table every day for your aging family member.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Home Care Services in Floral Park NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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