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Understanding and preparing for Care

Whether you are a carer for your partner, parent or friend and you’re finding it difficult to support them on top of your other commitments, or your loved one is becoming increasingly frail and you’re worried for their safety at home on their own, it might be time to consider the different care options that are available. That way, you have the peace of mind that your loved one has the help they need so that you can continue to enjoy your time together as a family.

There are two broad categories of long-term care for people later in life – Care at Home and Residential care.

Care at Home

Care at Home commonly referred as either Home Care, Visiting Care or Domiciliary Care is looking after a person in the comfort of their own home. The care workers go into your house to help with the day to day aspects of living such as housework, personal care and companionship. Care at Home is flexible and can be anything from a couple of visits a day right through to 24/7 live-in care.

With this option you get to remain in the comfort of their own home, and receive regular visits from a home care worker to help with your day-to-day routine such as personal care, medication, shopping and preparing meals. It allows you to have full control over your care, and support with the added benefits of being around what is familiar to you including your pets and even each other.  The value of your home is not taken into account when it comes to calculating the cost of care. You can either self fund your care or you may be entitled to a funded care package by your local Social Services or by the NHS.

Residential Care

Residential care involves you leaving your home, memories and belongings to relocate into a facility dedicated to care. Some Residential homes allow residents to come and go as they please, whereas others are more secure to protect more vulnerable residents.

Some Residential homes can have nursing care carried out by registered nurses and experienced health Care assistants – these can be called Nursing Homes. 

Residential care is provided in shared accommodation and the number of residents varies at each residential care facility. Residents have their own bedrooms, however most other services are shared with other residents.

There is another category of housing for older people called Assisted Living – this is for people who are unable to live on their own and want the security of living with others of a similar age. Assisted living means buying your very own property within a care community, with round the clock assistance available if and when required.

Difference between residential and home care

Home care

  • Stay at home in familiar surroundings.
  • Live life on your own terms. You decide when you eat, sleep and what you watch on television.
  • Enjoy the company of pets.
  • See friends and family when you like and enjoy companionship.
  • Choose the bespoke one-to-one care you want.

Residential care

  • Move into an unfamiliar environment.
  • Pets are usually restricted.
  • Visiting times are usually restricted.
  • Not companionship based.
  • Not one-to-one care. Instead a team of care workers after a number of people.
  • Eat at specific times with a menu rather than choice.
Which is right for me - Homecare or Residential Care?

Deciding whether home care or residential care is right for you depends on your needs.

When you first have the conversation about care, it is worth getting an assessment of your care needs from your local council or you can book a free consultation with us. This will help inform you about the best care solution for you.

Why choose Care at Home over a Care Home?

Care at home is for anyone who wants to stay in their own home but may need some extra help with personal care, medication management, household tasks or any other activity in order for that to happen.

For some families, care homes provide everything that’s required and are seen as a safe environment for their loved ones where they can have constant access to the support they need. But the comfort and familiarity of being at home is often overlooked as an option. This is where the benefits of domiciliary care can be seen.

One of the main benefits of Care at Home is that it provides a substantial level of support without impacting on your loved one’s independence.

Curant Care Proposition

Our flexible and unique care plans can also accommodate for existing routines and special circumstances, which means minimal upheaval or changes to your existing schedule.

Little and often, our visiting care makes a real difference

Care at Home offers the support you want, when you need it, so you can continue living from the comfort of your own home. With help from as little as half an hour a week and up to several visits a day, a care worker can make all the difference.

From support with your medication and going to the toilet through to knowing your favourite meal and whether you prefer a bath or shower, a regulated visiting care service lets you continue living the life you want, on your terms.

We know that asking for help can be difficult at times. We’re here to talk you through your visiting care options and the full costs. Call us today to speak to one of our friendly customer advisors.

Person centred-care

No two days are the same for any of us, we know that your daily needs and wants develop at varying rates, meaning your original care plan can soon become outdated. At Curant Care, we constantly assess your needs and report back to your relatives and health & social care proffessional’s with recommended adjustments to the care plan – be this different visit times, different procedures and even the requirement for more or less support.

To help the customer feel as comfortable as possible with their new routine and visitors entering their home, we spend a lot of time selecting a car worker who will match both care requirements and interests, and we always aim to provide the same care worker our customers are familiar with, helping you build a relationship – all adding to the standard of care and enhancing and enriching your quality of life.

If things get too much to manage on your own, we’re here to step in with extra support. That’s the real difference with home care, whether it’s through live-in care or homecare – you have complete choice over the options.

How to start a conversation about care

We understand that starting to think and discuss the topic of care with your loved one can be a daunting process for both of you, especially if they are finding it hard to recognise that a little extra support may be needed.

But where do you start? How do you begin the conversation? And what do you do if your opinions clash or your loved one doesn’t even want to consider care as an option?

This page aims to provide you with the information and support to guide you through these conversations with your loved one, highlighting common obstacles you may encounter when approaching the discussion of care and how to overcome them.

Preparing for the conversation

Approaching the topic of care can be unnerving for all involved, but the most important thing to remember is to have open channels of communication. From the very beginning of the conversation, try to make it clear that it is a two-way discussion and you only have their best interests at heart. It’s important to make sure that your loved one knows that any support or care is completely their decision, and you are simply informing them of the options that are available because you care about their wellbeing and you only want the best for them.

It’s important to be informed about the different care options available so that you can help your loved one to make an informed decision.

If you’re unsure about approaching the topic of care and you’re not quite sure where to start, don’t be afraid to reach out for advice. You might find comfort in confiding in another member of the family or a close friend who may have had a similar experience themselves. They may even be willing to talk through some possible scenarios with you to help you prepare for any eventuality of the conversation.

It’s important to consider the timing of your conversation so your loved one is more likely to be receptive and cooperative. Try to allow as much time as possible for you both to express your views and discuss the options available.

Raising the topic

When the time comes to approach the subject of additional help and support for your loved one, it can often be an upsetting and difficult time for both of you. Planning for the conversation in advance gives you the opportunity to have all the information and resources available to you should your loved one ask for them.

Perhaps the most important things to remember are to ensure that you remain calm throughout the conversation and involve your loved one as much as possible, but there are also a number of other things to consider throughout the discussion too. Try to remain impartial at this stage to reassure them that the decision is in their hands, and you are only here to help.

It’s not always about the words you choose – but it’s how you say them that can have the biggest emotional impact. Try to use a gentle and encouraging tone in your discussion and take the time to explain your reasons why you feel that having some extra support might be something worth looking into.

If they are upset or finding the conversation difficult, allow them to speak for as long as they need to and pay close attention to what they’re saying. If you can identify what they’re concerned about, you can use your previous research to advise them of the options available to them and find a solution together.

Throughout the conversation, reassure your loved one that a carer will allow them to do more of the things that they love, so they can keep their independence without having to worry about the small things. But if your loved one becomes upset or is unsure of whether or not they feel ready to accept care, you may want to postpone the conversation to give them time to think things through.

Following up

It’s likely that your conversation about care will not just be a one-time discussion, but you will probably find that you have lots of little conversations over time. You should always make your loved one feel in control of the situation and subsequently feel more comfortable and open to the idea of extra support.

Patience is key, especially if your loved one is living with a progressive condition such as dementia. Time can be your greatest asset; making a decision around care can take weeks, months or even a year or two, but it allows you to take the time to guide your loved one and deal with every situation as it comes up, helping them to approach the topic of care at a pace they’re comfortable with.

You may have noticed that there is an element of daily living that your loved one is finding more difficult or doesn’t enjoy doing as much, such as preparing their meals or sorting the laundry. In this instance, what is the least amount of help you can arrange? Short visits from a carer, PA or support worker once or twice a week are a really effective way to help your loved one get used to the idea of having some extra support, without becoming overwhelmed by a drastic change of lifestyle.

Overcoming common challenges

If your loved one refuses to talk to you about their care needs, it may be that they would feel more comfortable with talking to someone who is not as close to the situation – perhaps a friend or healthcare professional. It’s okay, it doesn’t mean you can’t help them. Gently ask them if there’s someone you can help them reach out to or consider asking for professional advice from someone who deals with these situations on a regular basis, such as a GP.

If your loved one has recently been diagnosed with a progressive condition or they are simply becoming more frail as they grow older, they may find it difficult to accept the changes they are facing in their lives. Acceptance makes it real, so your loved one may find it easier to cope with these changes by overlooking them completely. In such situations, it is quite important to remain patient and empathise with them and reassure them that you are here to help them find the right support so that they can carry on as they were, just with a little help along the way.

If your loved one is fiercely independent, accepting the need for additional support will, understandably, be very difficult for them. It may be that they don’t recognise how their health or mobility has deteriorated over time, or perhaps they don’t realise the extent or flexibility of the support that is available to them.

If your loved one is fiercely independent, accepting the need for additional support will, understandably, be very difficult for them. It may be that they don’t recognise how their health or mobility has deteriorated over time, or perhaps they don’t realise the extent or flexibility of the support that is available to them.

If your loved one is reacting angrily to the conversation or they are becoming confused, they could be showing signs of the early stages of dementia. They may be having periods of ‘lucid moments’ where they are aware that something isn’t quite right, but they don’t understand what’s happening – which is causing them to feel frustrated.

Patience is paramount. Reassure them that you are here for them and gently encourage them to see a GP – just to check that everything’s okay.

Curant Care can help you talk about it

We understand that the care conversation is not always an easy one to have with a family member. If you are unsure how home care can help you to remain independent, but you want to explore the possibilities of having some external support, then let Curant Care help you have that first conversation by making the most of our free consultation.

How to prevent hospitalisation of the elderly

Taking extra care of your loved one’s health as they age is very important and taking preventive measures can help to keep our loved ones out of hospital. A number of hospitalisations in older people could be prevented if the appropriate preventive steps are taken.

Prevention is better than cure

With ageing, there are certain risks and signs which, if ignored, may lead to spending a spell of time in hospital. Some of the things to be vigilant for include:

  • Poor appetite or change in weight
  • Decline in participating in hobbies and interests
  • Keeping the house clean and hygienic
  • Signs of inactivity or depression
  • Disinterest in overall health and welfare
  • Worsening of conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes
  • Missed doctor appointments or putting off medical health checks
  • Problems with cooking, eating nutritious foods and hydration
  • Confusion, which may be caused by an underlying condition such as dementia
  • Social isolation
  • Falls or problems with steps and stairs

Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, keeping mentally and physically active, getting good quality sleep and socialising with others, means that older individuals will be taking the positive steps needed to avert an unnecessary stay in hospital.

Returning home after spending time in hospital

Sometimes a hospital visit is unavoidable. When in full-time hospital care, no doubt patients will be closely monitored and looked after while being nursed back to full health. When it is time to come home, your loved one may need some additional care and support to help them manage.

When this happens, there are ways in which Curant Care can help both you and them transition from hospital to home including practical arrangements such as assisted travel and taking care of safety in the home, collecting prescriptions, changing beds and stocking the fridge to arranging follow up appointments with the GP.

Find out more by contacting us or book a free consultation to see how we can support you and your loved one.

How home care can help prevent or delay a hospital stay

It’s not always easy for family members to keep on top of their ageing parents’ health. You might not live nearby or might not be able to be there for all the medical appointments or to check that your parent is eating well. That’s where Curant Care can help.

We provide a wide range of flexible help at home, whether your parent needs companionship, someone to prepare their meals and keep the house clean or just to take them to their medical appointments. Your local Curant Care office will listen to their and your needs to create a bespoke solution for your loved one and your family.

We can provide your parents and you with the support you need to reduce the risk of accidents by helping your parents cope with day-to-day tasks that are no longer easy to perform as they’re getting older. This extra help can also extend their ability to stay at home and be independent. For more information on preventing hospitalisation, please contact us today.

Get that extra help from Curant Care

Find out more by contacting us or book a free consultation to see how we can support you and your loved one.

Helping Older people

Stay safe at home

We know that 71% of people would rather stay at home than face moving into a care home. Making sure your home is a safe, comfortable and practical place to live is key to you being able to live well at home for longer.

Home safety solutions

As we age, we can sometimes experience a decline in mobility, motor skills and difficulty with balance affecting our gait. Our usual level of senses of hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch may fade. These changes can have an impact on our reactions and how we interact with our environment.

Here are some tips to help you stay safe at home.

Many accidents typically happen in the kitchen. Taking measures such as keeping knives and sharp objects properly stored, using rear hot plates on the stove and tucking away loose clothing when cooking can help you stay safe in the home.

It goes without saying but you should never leave cooking unattended and avoid carrying hot liquids any further than necessary.

Top Tip! A refrigerator door is a good place to pin emergency contact information. Be sure to include mobile, work and landline phone numbers for your next of kin, your GP and a list of all medications you currently take.

The chance of slipping and falling in the bathroom is higher than other rooms – slippery floors, awkward toilet seats and manoeuvring in and out of the bath can all pose a risk, particularly if you are less mobile or become frail. Installing grab rails near the shower and toilet can help prevent falls, as well as placing a non-slip bathmat to provide more grip.

Often, falls are caused by a slip or a trip on the same level, for example over a rug or mat. Take time to make sure your furniture is steady, comfortable and easy to get in and out of. Another tip is to install lever handles on internal doors as they are easier to grasp and use.

Stairs are one of the biggest risks when it comes to falls so there are things you can do to improve safety in this area of your home. Make sure there are solid hand rails in place to grab for balance. Ensure the carpet or runners are firmly fixed down and remove any rugs. Again, ensure the area is well lit during night and day.

Don’t forget outdoors when it comes to home safety. Think about installing a sturdy rail at each entrance to the home and an outside light to ensure you have the best visibility. Ensure paths are kept free of algae and debris such as slippery leaves, loose stones or flags.

Taking just a few simple steps to stay safe at home can make a big difference to your independence. Being conscious of the health and safety of your loved one, or yourself, means that you can stay living independently at home for longer.

Find out about how Curant Care can help around the home, keeping you in the place you love for longer, call us today on 01323 914499 Sussex or 01622 322999 Kent

Stay physically and mentally active

Taking care of our health and wellbeing is important at the best of times and when challenges come our way, then we must focus on this more than ever. But at Curant Care we know all about supporting our older generation and helping them to keep active and happy at home and we wanted to share information, hints, tips and advice with you.

This section will also be of interest to carers or family members and friends who are looking for some ideas on how they can help their loved one and keep in touch.

We all need to take care of ourselves and being older doesn’t mean that we have to stop. We may need to change how we exercise or look at different ways to keep our minds active, but the key is to keep on keeping on!

We hope you will find this content informative and useful to help you or a loved one to stay happy at home, keep positive and help care for your mind and your body.

Mental Wellbeing

Your brain works like a muscle, which means that you need to give it regular workouts to keep it functioning at a high level.

There are many benefits to keeping an active mind and growing older does not mean that your abilities will be reduced.

People who engage in meaningful activities, like volunteering or hobbies, say they feel happier and healthier, and learning new skills may also improve your thinking ability.

In addition, connecting with other people through social activities and community programmes are great for keeping your brain active.

They help people feel less isolated and more engaged with the world around them and taking part in regular social activities may lower the risk for some health problems as well as improve overall well-being.

Top Tips for Older People to Stay Mentally Active

There are plenty of activities you can do in order to keep your brain stay sharp and stimulated. Take a look at some of our ideas as to how to stay positive with activities and ideas that we can all do in the comfort of our own homes.

To keep the mind active, don’t hesitate to engage in new, fun or exciting activities that will continue the learning process.

One of the best ways for seniors to stay interested is to start a new hobby, like arts and crafts.

You can work with beads, paint wooden eggs or create some adorable doorknob hangers, just to name a few.

Regardless if staying social means keeping up with the latest news or meeting with a few neighbourhood friends to catch up on the latest local gossip, it is essential for staying mentally active.

Communication will always be key, no matter if you chit-chat over a game of cards or challenge each other to Scrabble while discussing current events.

You can have loads of fun and keep your brain stimulated by playing clever games that spark your memory.

This is particularly important for individuals suffering from dementia, as a fun reminiscence puzzle book or quiz book can work wonders.

Gather friends and take turns with neat mental exercises for an active life.

It might seem difficult to learn a new language in later years, but with the proper guidance, it can be successfully done.

Be ambitious and plan to travel to an exotic location. Before you go, spend a few months going through expressions and conversation hacks so you can get to know the locals better.

It’s never too early or too late to write your very own memoir.

As a senior, writing life histories is a fantastic activity that will help you live a mentally active life while expressing your creativity.

You can begin with a daily journal and see where your imagination takes you from there.

There are plenty of simple sports that senior citizens can engage in.

Playing a good ol’ game of catch the ball will bring great joy to all those involved, as well as other similar sports that don’t require physical effort in abundance.

Why not gather the whole family for creative sessions?

All members – from young to old – would have a meaningful time painting in the garden. This can become a weekly activity with a new theme to paint every week.

Creative time can also be extended to writing, music or any other activities that involve imagination.

Physical Wellbeing

Physical wellbeing is equally important to help with well-being, strength and balance. There are lots of ways that you can stay active whilst at home or in your garden. Dependent on your own personal circumstances, you can be as energetic as you are able. There are sitting exercises, easy home or garden workouts, even singing will help keep your lungs working and your heart happy.

As we age, we may need to find new ways of staying physically fit. You may no longer ride your bike or take part in rigorous fitness regimes, but there are plenty of safe and simple ways to exercise and stay active.

It is important to remember that everyone has a different level of fitness, but there are plenty of exercises and physical activities to suit any level and any age.

Exercise is not only a great way to watch our weight, strengthen our muscles, and maintain a strong heart, but also helps us keep mentally fit too.

Staying physically active helps improve blood pressure, supports better bone and joint health, and long-term preservation of brain function. It also helps improve your balance, which is a great way to help prevent falls.

Take a look at some of our ideas of fun activities and ideas to help stay physically fit. Before getting started, you need to set a few things straight. First of all, some activities might not apply to all senior citizens. Depending on their current state of mental or physical health, some of them might not even be recommended at all. It is highly important to analyse any potential activity from all points of view and how it can have an impact on the individual carrying it out. In some cases, it is strongly recommended to ask a physician or doctor to see if the specific activity would be safe for the senior involved.

Top Tips for Seniors to Stay Physically Active

One component of aging is usually a decrease in activity, which can result in loss of flexibility, strength and agility. While exercise can’t stop the aging process, it can slow down the effects. Some physical activities are especially beneficial to seniors. Here are five of the best ways for seniors to enjoy better physical health.

Don’t let a senior just sit in front of the TV imagining what it would be like to be on “Dancing with the Stars.” Find a dance class in your area and encourage them to sign up. Dancing is a fun way to stay active and it provides several key benefits, especially for seniors.

When people stop using their muscles, they become weak. Dance is a great all-over body strengthener. It works the upper and lower body, but most importantly, the core. This helps improve stability and balance, which naturally decline in older people.

Limited flexibility is another by-product of aging, but it can be postponed by moving in different ways. Dance classes designed specifically for older people will encourage motion without being too stressful on their joints and muscles.

Walking is one of the best ways for seniors to be physical. Owning a pet is also beneficial in other ways, so why not combine the two? Walking a dog motivates seniors to walk, and a walk is more enjoyable when it’s shared with a four-legged friend.

People with pets often walk longer and on a more regular schedule. This exercise helps keep joints moving, even for people with arthritis or other conditions which prevent them from engaging in more strenuous physical activity.

Yoga may look easy, but it can be quite a workout. Seniors can find classes designed specifically for them which ensure they only do the poses deemed to be safe. Yoga has many benefits for the body, including improving balance and stability, while enhancing strength and flexibility. It also calms the mind, which can be relaxing.

Make sure to find a yoga class for beginners or seniors. Many senior centres and assisted living facilities offer these classes as part of their recreational programs.

One of the side effects of aging is the loss of strength. While this may seem inevitable, in reality seniors can reduce the impact by continuing to build muscle. Strength training can be done at home with very little equipment. Buy a pair of one- and two-pound weights or find lightweight items around the house and start with a few basic exercises.

Strength training is something almost everyone can do regardless of physical limitations. Even those who are unable to get up, walk or stand can work on arm muscles from a seated position. Help him or her put on ankle weights and work the leg muscles. This type of exercise improves the ability to stand, to walk, and to lift and carry objects more easily.

Swimming is a great way to improve heart health, even for those with limited mobility or who can’t tolerate walking or running because of joint problems. Swimming works the entire body in a gentle way. It increases the heart rate to help prevent heart problems. At the same time, it works the muscles for improved strength and tone.

Two options are available with swimming. The senior can either enjoy doing a few laps in the pool or can sign up for water exercises. People who aren’t good swimmers or don’t have the endurance for swimming can still enjoy activities like water aerobics. The water level is low and the exercises are similar to ones done in a traditional class. The water adds resistance for a more powerful workout without increasing pressure on the joints.

Tending to your garden is one of the most effective ways of pursuing an active life without posing a threat to your health.

With the help of useful tools like a garden kneeler, long-reach garden tools or a garden working seat, you can witness your backyard blossom while breathing in fresh air and enjoying your work.

If you need some inspiration check out these great ideas for garden design and which plants or veggies to grow.

These activities show you different ways to encourage seniors to stay physically active and improve overall health. There’s some type of program available for almost anyone to help maintain their current level of physical health and to improve areas they want to work on.

Get that extra help from Curant Care

Find out more by contacting us or book a free consultation to see how we can support you and your loved one.

Stay socially active

It is widely accepted that staying physically active during ones autumn years offers a variety of health benefits, like lessening chronic pain, delaying and preventing certain diseases, and helping one recover faster from an illness or injury. And, while exercise is extremely important for a high quality of life, the connections one makes with others and the relationships they continue to build also have a major impact on their overall wellness.

Studies show that seniors who stay socially active and engaged experience a variety of benefits, including, better cognitive function, maintaining good emotional health, improving physical health, boosted immune system, enjoying restful sleep and increased longevity.

In addition to the health benefits above, staying connected with others helps give one a sense of purpose and a true sense of belonging. Here are some ways to get involved with your peers:

  • Join a club or group. Think about activities that interest you. Do you like gardening? Golfing? Reading? Meeting up with others on a regular basis is a great way to meet new people and enjoy experiences with those who share your interests.
  • Enjoy lifelong learning opportunities. Many colleges or adult education centres provide classes designed specifically for seniors where you can continue to learn new things and expand your mind.
  • Join a senior fitness centre. If a regular gym seems too intimidating, consider trying out a fitness centre specifically for the older generation. You’ll meet other active seniors who are looking to stay healthy and physically fit.
  • Reach out to family. When you’ve got free time, offer to babysit grandkids or take a loved one out to lunch. These are great ways to maintain those familial relationships and stay involved in the lives of those who mean the most to you.
  • Try out new technology. Don’t be leery of those computers and tablets! They provide the perfect way for you to connect via social media, email or Skype with friends or family who don’t live nearby.
  • Pick up a part-time job. Going back to work is another great way to keep your mind stimulated and engaged. Plus, as a bonus, you’ll make a little extra spending money to tuck away for a rainy day.
Get that extra help from Curant Care

It is our mission to provide the highest quality of care and lead the field in customer service through committed individuals who realise their day to day contributions are valued and lead to a collective success. The way we deliver our unique at home care service is one of the ways in which we ‘make a difference’, but we are also committed to reaching out to the broader community. Through our local offices, we run a number of schemes and initiatives which take us to the heart of the communities we serve. Some see us sharing our extensive expert knowledge and best practice and others simply allow us to spread some happiness.

Find out more by contacting us on 01323 914499 or 01622 622999 to see how we can support you and your loved one.

Stay well nourished

As we age, our appetites and attitudes to food change, and because of this and other developments, older people have an increased risk of becoming malnourished. It is often an overlooked health matter as people believe that malnourishment is a consequence of a marked loss of weight, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Anyone of any size can be malnourished and so we want to raise awareness of the issue in the wider community and help to educate families on the risks, the signs and the ways to combat malnourishment when caring for their loved ones.

Problems caused by malnutrition

Malnutrition in older adults can lead to various health concerns, including:

  • A weak immune system, which increases the risk of infections
  • Poor wound healing
  • Muscle weakness and decreased bone mass, which can lead to falls and fractures
  • A higher risk of hospitalization
  • An increased risk of death
Monitoring and preventing malnutrition

Malnutrition is a serious senior health issue. Good nutrition is critical to overall health and well-being, yet many older adults are at risk of inadequate nutrition. As the adult child or caregiver of an older adult, you can learn the signs and risks of malnutrition and how to promote a nutrient-rich diet.

As a caregiver or of an older adult, you can take steps to monitor nutritional health, watch for weight loss and address risk factors of malnutrition. Consider the following:

  • Monitor weight. Help the older adult check his or her weight at home. Keep a weekly record. Changes in how clothes fit can also indicate weight loss.
  • Observe habits. Spend mealtimes together at home — or during mealtime in a hospital or care facility — to observe eating habits. Note what kinds of food are eaten and how much.
  • Keep track of medications. Keep a record of all medications, the reason for each medication, dosages, treatment schedules and possible side effects.
  • Help with meal plans. Help plan healthy meals or prepare meals ahead of time. Help prepare a shopping list or shop together. Help with money-saving shopping choices.
  • Use local services. Contact local service agencies that provide at-home meal deliveries, in-home visits from nurses or dietitians, access to a food pantry, or other nutrition services. The local Area Agency on Aging or a county social worker can provide information about services.
  • Make meals social events. Drop by during mealtime or invite the older adult to your home for occasional meals. Go out to eat at a restaurant with senior discounts. Encourage participation in social programs where members of the community can eat together.
  • Encourage regular physical activity. Daily exercise – even if it’s light – can stimulate appetite and strengthen bones and muscles.

Mealtime strategies to help an older adult maintain a healthy diet and good eating habits include the following:

  • Nutrient-rich foods. Plan meals with nutrient-rich foods that include a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish, and lean meats.
  • Herbs and spices. Use herbs and spices to add flavour to meals and improve interest in eating. Experiment to find favourites.
  • Healthy snacks. Plan nutrient-rich snacks between meals with fruits, vegetables or low-fat dairy products.
  • Nutritional supplements. Use supplemental nutrition drinks to help with calorie intake. Add egg whites or whey powder to meals to increase proteins without adding saturated fats.
Get that extra help from Curant Care

The best way to ensure someone is eating a healthy balanced diet is to be there in person during mealtimes, however, we know that when families are caring for their parents or relatives, there isn’t always enough time in busy schedules to sit and enjoy every mealtime together. If you are worried about your loved one and are looking for some help to manage with preparing meals and ensuring they are enjoying a healthy balanced diet, then Curant Care can support you.

Why not think about using our services to help take Mum out for lunch or to help Dad with his weekly shop? If someone is unable to leave the home, we can attend at mealtimes, not only to help prepare meals but also to monitor that your loved one is enjoying a well-balanced diet. Our Caregivers can spend time with your loved one and assist in making mealtimes a positive and enjoyable experience.

Contact us to find out more or book a free consultation to evaluate your needs and prepare a tailored plan to support you or a loved one.

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