Your senior may not tell you this, but it can be extremely difficult for some people to eat on their own. In extreme situations, an elderly family member who hates to eat alone might even start to avoid eating much at all. That’s not an option, of course, because your senior needs to eat healthy, nutritious meals regularly. Here are a few things you can do to help.
Make Meals Social Events.
If social lack keeps your elderly family member from eating the way that she should, her meals need to be looked at more as social events than meals. Changing the focus can help you to ensure that she’s meeting all of her needs, not just her nutritional needs. Find out if she has friends or neighbors with whom she might want to start sharing meals. Another option is to hire elder care providers who can spend meal times with your elderly family member.
Start a Dinner Rotation.
Another idea is to set up a dinner rotation a few times a week. This is especially helpful if you have a larger extended family. Everyone can take turns making a meal and either meet at your senior’s home or take her to wherever dinner is that night. This is a great way for everyone to stay in touch and to be able to help your elderly family member, even if they’re too busy to do much else.
Sign up for a Meal Delivery Service.
Many agencies that help the elderly offer some sort of meal delivery service. These services might bring lunch or dinner to your elderly family member and may even sit with her for a little while as she eats. Do a little bit of legwork to determine what options are available in your area so you can choose something that will work for her.
Slow Down and Eat with Your Senior.
If you live with your senior, it’s possible that you might be the best solution for this problem. Busy caregivers often feel as if they have to keep running and doing, even during meals. Take the opportunity to slow down and enjoy meals with your elderly family member. It can do both of you so much good.
While this is something that’s easy to overlook, it’s a really important factor in helping your senior get the nutrition that she needs. Your senior may not need to eat every meal with someone else, but she probably needs a little more company during meals.