Dinner Table “Pick-Me-Ups” for Seniors and Older Adults

By Pete Lane, 8:07 pm on

If you provide care for an aging parent in Centennial, ensuring they receive adequate nutrition may be challenging. From restricted mobility that makes using cutlery difficult to the inability to focus on the complex process of managing a meal as the result of dementia, there are a handful of things that can make mealtime difficult and frustrating.

As a leading provider of live-in care in Centennial, we’ve found that simple changes can make all the difference in a senior’s quality life. If your aging parent or loved one has difficulty eating, consider finger foods! Preparing foods that can be picked up easily with the hands allow seniors to enjoy mealtime more easily, helping to promote independence and increase self-esteem. Here are a few suggestions for what to prepare for each meal:

Breakfast

  • Soft cereal bars
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Buttered toast or waffles cut into strips
  • Sausage links or bacon strips
  • Cheese cubes and crackers
  • Banana, dried prunes or wedges of fruits

Lunch

  • Fish sticks or cakes
  • Finger sandwiches with soft cheeses and meats
  • Slices of pizza or quiche
  • Potato wedges or chunky chips (oven baked)
  • Slices of fruits, berries and seedless grapes
  • Celery or carrot sticks

Dinner

  • Chicken breast cut into pieces
  • Hot dogs halved or quartered
  • Meatballs or hamburger mini-sandwich
  • Vegetable or meat kebabs
  • Broccoli and cauliflower florets

Although adapting your loved ones meals to more manageable finger foods may defy your conventional ideas about mealtime, your parent or grandparent may benefit from increased independence and less stress when eating. With a little creativity and imagination, you can serve healthy and nutritious meals that can be easily consumed for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For more information about Centennial dementia care or in-home care services for seniors and older adults, contact Home Care Assistance today. Our Care Manager will be able to answer any of your questions and can help you schedule a no-obligation consultation to discuss care needs. Dial 303-957-3100 and learn how we can help make daily activities more enjoyable for your aging loved one, all from the comfort of home.

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