Sometimes, trying to figure out what to cook or prepare for an elderly individual can be a challenge. Perhaps that are limited on the types of food that they can eat due to their health or medication that they’re taking. Perhaps they don’t like certain ingredients and that can make it tough to manage. When you’re providing elderly care for someone, and part of your responsibility is to make sure that he or she has good, healthy food, then you might need a few inspiring creative meals, especially during the winter.">

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Elder Care During the Winter Months - Easy and Creative Meals to Share with Aging Loved Ones

Posted: 1/7/2014 8:28 PM by Interim HealthCare
Some Creative Winter Meals to Enjoy with Elderly Loved Ones

Sometimes, trying to figure out what to cook or prepare for an elderly individual can be a challenge. Perhaps that are limited on the types of food that they can eat due to their health or medication that they’re taking. Perhaps they don’t like certain ingredients and that can make it tough to manage. When you’re providing elderly care for someone, and part of your responsibility is to make sure that he or she has good, healthy food, then you might need a few inspiring creative meals, especially during the winter.

Why does winter matter? Basically, you’re going to spend more time inside during these months, so making meals that can excite the senses, even if they are simple, will be a good way to help shake off those winter blues.

Breakfast meals

If you are thinking about making breakfast for the elderly individual, whether he or she receives elder care services or not, what about some of these warm, toasty, or just downright healthy start of your day meals:
  • Oatmeal with berries. There are many easy, ready to serve oatmeal packets, but you can also choose to start with the basics and add your own berries and flavorings.
     
  • Whole grain pancakes. This is a great, simple meal that you can actually serve for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. While the whole grain can give the pancakes a bit of a different flavor that you may be used to, it’s healthier for the elderly individual.
     
  • What about a poached egg? This can bring up some fond memories, especially if the elderly patient used to enjoy poached eggs when he or she was a child. It’s quick and easy to make and you can serve the poached egg on top of a piece of whole wheat break. Top it off with some steamed asparagus and butter and you have a complete meal that is sure to set the day off on the right track.
Lunch
How about lunch? You might want to think about:

A Southwest omelet. Depending on how well the individual can handle spicy foods, you can temper this by not adding any strong spices. You can make this omelet any type that you want, but if you’re going for the Southwest flavor, you can add a bit of chili and even salsa to give it that special, unique flavor.

These are just a few meals to get you thinking during the winter. Check in next time when we talk about some great dinner meals that you can prepare for elderly care.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care services, please contact Interim HealthCare. G+ 


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