We have all been busy travelling about this summer and whilst it is much needed it was especially hard for my parents who are carers for my granddads. Neither drive and we support them by taking them shopping and visiting them several times a week. Last month I wrote about malnutrition in the elderly and how the session had a huge impact on me. Therefore I decided to take more of an interest in what my grandads were eating. My one granddad has dementia which I have written about before and since my parents were going on holiday it was a natural stepping stone to having carers in. We now have carers popping in every afternoon to check on him, make sure he has his medication and food. They leave us a note saying what popa is planning to have for dinner and Fish and Chips feature regularly as they are on his doorstep! However as I have said my mum plates him up a dinner a few times a week – although we found he had refused to eat one of the salads!
Popa used to go out every Friday into town and have a lunch out so I took him for a treat last week. It was great to spend a mealtime with him and for him to eat something different! He also enjoyed a cheeky half pint whilst we were there!
I also bought my other popa to our house for the day and we all ate a roast together – plus a nutritional sweet sherry or two! Again I followed my mums example and plated up a second portion for the following day. The afternoon was spent playing games and chatting before taking him home again.
These are both examples of how we can make small changes to ensure our elderly loved ones are eating well and eating the nutrients needed to #nourishyourmuscles.
- Omelettes – eggs are really important for health, throw plenty of veg in and even some diced potato and they are a filling and nutritious meal.
- Chicken salad – meals may need to be smaller portions otherwise it can look overwhelming. When making the salad add in as many colours as you can.
- Roast dinner – not many people turn their noses up at a yummy roast.
- Homemade quiche – again these use lots of eggs and you can add ham, mushrooms etc
- Salmon and potato with veg
You can read more about nutrition from Nutrition News with Abbott in this article.