As well as personal and hygiene care, our carers also take on tasks such as preparing meals for our service users. It’s extremely important that the elderly are well hydrated and eat the right meals, ensuring they get all the nutrients they need.
You can follow some of our top tips for the elderly on eating well and use them if you have a friend or relative you look after.
A diet rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids is a must and will have great benefits for the skin – salmon, broccoli, blueberries and nuts are all rich in antioxidants so should feature in an elderly person’s diet on a regular basis.
Protein is also important with each meal. Not only can it help energy levels but it is great for keeping the skin firm. Fats such as avocado can help dry or mature skin hold onto water too.
As a treat, a small piece of dark chocolate (70% chocolate or more) is a great source of magnesium and is very high in antioxidants. It can help prevent free radical cell damage and research has linked it with helping to lower blood pressure.
It’s important that an elderly person’s diet is varied and that they continue to enjoy food. Colourful fruit and vegetables can really help liven up meal times and provide lots of nutrients too.