How To Effectively Master A Hoyer Lift Now

Hoyer Lift

    Using a Hoyer to make lifting easier It is important to realize, getting older and having to depend on others for help is hard.  As a result, our senior loved one’s activity level decreases.   Must be remembered, because of weakening bones combined with limited mobility.  Proper care, timely medications, and love can help … Read more

How To Easily Know When It Is Time For Assisted Living

Assisted Living

Top 7 signs your loved ones need assisted living   It is great when your parents are living and doing well. But when they cannot care for themselves or if your parent has a diagnosis with dementia. In such cases, many families may consider the option of moving their parents to an assisted living. If … Read more

How to Care For Your Loved Ones When They Are Bedridden

bedridden

  Quality Care for Parents who are Bedridden First thing to remember, caring for parents who are bedridden is a difficult task.  In other words, our parents become immobile.  As a result, they are unable to perform their daily tasks on their own.  Under these circumstances, this requires extra effort on the part of the children or caregivers. Another … Read more

12 Useful Gadgets For Your Senior Parents

  Helpful Gadgets for Family Caregivers First of all, Our normal daily routine gets crazy when our senior parents get sick.  From giving them medications to taking them to their doctor appointments, it becomes our prime duty.  By the same token, leaving them alone at home does not give us a peace of mind.  What … Read more

How To Lean About Feeding Your Loved Ones

 

Family eating at the table|How To Feeding Your Loved Ones

Preparing and Feeding your Loved Ones

Feeding your loved one good food is important for good health.  Your goal in preparing food is to promote your loved one’s health.  When you are preparing food, there are a few guidelines that need to be followed. Use cooking methods that will preserve color and taste, as well as vitamins and minerals. Do not add unnecessary ingredients such as large amounts of salt or fats.

Before serving the food, help your loved one to use the bathroom and wash his or her hands, this will help your loved one to have a nice mealtime. Serve foods at the desired temperature, make meals more appealing, pick foods with high nutrients and calories for better taste if the diet allows. Try to offer a variety of meals; no one wants to eat the same thing every day. Always keep your loved one company when they’re eating—it will help them feel more comfortable. Allow them as much time as needed to eat.

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Feeding your Loved One

Materials Needed

  •  Utensils: knife, fork, and spoon
  •  Dishes, bowls, cup, glass
  •  Napkins (2)
  •  Towel or bib
  •  Straws
  •  Any other special utensils

Procedure

  1. Explain what you are going to do.
  2. Wash your hands.
  3. Obtain the materials listed above.
  4. Prepare your loved one for the meal:
    • Offer to assist with going to the bathroom.
    • Offer to assist your loved one with washing his or her hands.
    • Position your loved one to sit up in the bed or in a chair.
    • Place table or bed tray over your loved one’s lap so he or she can see and reach the food.
  5. Sit near them.
  6. Cut food, butter bread, pour and prepare liquids as needed.
  7. Ask them what he or she would like to eat first.
  8. Encourage them to do as much self-feeding as possible.
  9. Feed your loved one, one bite at a time.   Use a spoon and fill only half-full and according to the ability to chew and swallow.
  10. Alternate solids and liquids.  Use a straw for drinking.
  11. Talk pleasantly with your loved one and encourage them to eat.   Offer praise.
  12. When your loved one is finished, remove their napkin or bib and wipe their mouths.
  13. Wash your loved ones’ hands and face.
  14. Offer oral hygiene.
  15. Make sure your loved one is safe and comfortable.
  16. Wash your hands.
  17. Wash all the dishes used for the meal.
  18. Clean and straighten the kitchen.

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