Sometimes people are picky eaters all of their lives, while other people develop a pickier palate later in life. No matter why your senior is picky about what she eats, there might be some steps you can take to encourage her to eat.
Keep Her Involved in Meal Planning.
If your elderly family member feels that she’s not having much of a say in what she eats on a regular basis, that’s likely to seriously hamper her appetite. Keep your senior involved in planning meals and figuring out what foods she’s interested in eating. She might even be more willing to try new foods if she’s helping to put the menu together.
Work Around Her Favorite Foods.
Everybody has favorite foods and snacks, even if they’re a picky eater. Your senior might not enjoy the healthiest foods, but you can still work around those a little bit. You can also find healthier recipes and substitutes that closely mimic some of her favorite choices. Try not to spring too many new foods and recipes on your aging adult, since that can be a bit of a scary surprise for a pickier eater.
Take the Pressure Off of Eating.
Very often pickier eaters get a lot of pressure from family and friends about what and when they eat. That kind of constant attention to what they’re eating can make your senior more obstinate about what and when she eats. Take the pressure off of eating for your elderly family member. What and when she eats needs to be okay to a certain extent. Talk with her about the fact that you need her to eat a certain amount of food each day and work out what is acceptable on her end. As long as she’s sticking to that agreement, consider letting it go.
Reduce the Effects of Eating Alone.
Eating alone can make eating feel torturous for anyone, but especially a picky eater. Conversation and having someone there with her can help to distract her from the fact that she’s not eating her favorite food each time she eats. Consider sitting down with your senior for meals more frequently. If you can’t be there, consider hiring home care providers. They can not only be excellent company but they can also help with meal prep and cleanup.
Your senior might have all kinds of reasons for being a picky eater. If you’re starting to suspect that she might be picky due to health reasons or you think that her health is suffering because of being a picky eater, make sure that you talk to her doctor.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Berkeley, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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