Change can be extremely difficult for your elderly parent, but sometimes it is necessary in order to ensure that they stay as healthy and safe as possible. One such change if they are living with diabetes will come in the foods that they eat. Though there are other factors that contribute to the development and worsening of diabetes, what your parent eats makes a tremendous impact on this condition and how they are able to manage it. Helping your parent to change their diet can make managing their diabetes easier and protect them from potentially devastating complications that can occur. Helping your parent to change a diet to which they are accustomed can seem intimidating, but fortunately senior care can help.
Some ways senior care can help a senior with diabetes change their diet include:
- Talking to them about the guidelines that their doctor gave them and finding out if they have any questions or confusion about it. If they do, the care provider can support your parents in researching the guidelines or talk to you about meeting with their doctor for further clarification.
- Going to the grocery store with your parent and evaluating the different foods that are available to find those that fit in with a healthy and balanced diet. Reading nutrition labels and discussing ways that foods can fit in with a healthy diet can make these changes seem less daunting and less confusing to your parent.
- Researching recipes that integrate your parents favorite flavors, cuisines, and traditions while also remaining healthy and balanced. Together they can also explore new foods and flavors that can help your parent to get the nutrition that they need.
- Preparing meals and snacks that are healthy and balanced, and that will reduce your parents urge to reach for convenience foods or foods that are unhealthy. This can be particularly beneficial for a senior who has mobility issues or cognitive challenges that make it difficult for them to be able to prepare their own meals and snacks reliably.
Starting senior care for your aging loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them during the time that you are their family caregiver. A senior home care services provider can be in the home with your aging parent on a customized schedule that is right, not just for their individual needs, but also the level of care that you provide them. This means that they are able to manage their challenges and limitation in the ways that are right for them while also keeping you at the forefront of their care routine. This not only encourages your aging parent to enjoy a higher quality of life, better health and well-being, and improved mental and emotional health, but can relieve your stress and support a better lifestyle for you as well.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Princeton, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.