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Meeting Nutritional Needs as You Age How Senior Home Care Can Help

Meeting Nutritional Needs as You Age: How Senior Home Care Can Help

As we grow older, our dietary needs change. Our health also begins to change drastically as our risks for osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, and other health conditions increase. It’s important that seniors maintain a healthy diet to meet their changing nutritional needs. Let’s look at what your senior loved one can eat to help stay healthy and how one of Mazal Nursing Services’ caregivers can help your senior stay on a healthy diet. 

Meeting Nutritional Needs as You Age: How Senior Home Care Can Help
Healthy Meal for Senior

Eating a Well-Balanced Meal

Eating healthy starts by balancing what we eat. For seniors, a healthy plate can be divided in half, with one half of the plate evenly split between proteins and grains and the other half split about 2/3 vegetables and 1/3 fruit. Once you know the proportions of foods, you can look at choices to ensure that your senior loved one gets the nutrients they need. 

  • Proteins – Lean meats, poultry, fatty fish such as salmon, and eggs are common and healthy choices for seniors. However, adding beans, peas, and lentils provide needed protein as well as added calcium, Vitamin D, B12, and fiber, all of which are important for a healthy senior diet.
  • Grains – Whole grains provide fiber and important vitamins for senior diets. Brown rice, barley, whole wheat bread, quinoa, corn, and oatmeal are all good choices for the grain portion of a senior’s plate. 
  • Vegetables – Giving your seniors a variety of vegetables to choose from in meals is important to ensure they get the vitamins they need. Broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, and carrots are all healthy vegetables that can be served in a variety of ways. Leafy greens such as spinach and kale are good to add to a senior’s diet as well. 
  • Fruits – Fruits provide fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. Oranges are a good citrus fruit to include for Vitamin C while apples, pears, and bananas all offer additional fiber. A variety of berries – blue, black, strawberry, and raspberry – are good for their vitamin content and as antioxidants. 
Senior Caregiver with Healthy Groceries

How a Miami Home Caregiver Can Help Seniors Manage Their Diets

Knowing what you need to eat and eating the right foods are two different things. Keeping up with healthy eating can be a struggle for anyone. For seniors, who may have to deal with chronic illness, limited mobility, and less energy, the idea of planning and preparing meals can feel daunting. 

An in-home caregiver can help ensure your senior loved one starts and stays on a healthy diet. At Mazal, our knowledgeable caregivers help seniors, 

  • Plan meals ahead of time to ensure they get the nutrients they need in their diet
  • Prepare meals and snacks throughout the day
  • Make shopping trips and choose healthy vegetables and fruits
  • Provide companionship during meal time so that your senior has social engagement during their meals

Are You Looking for Home Care Services in Miami?

Mazal Nursing Services offers expert caregivers in Miami who provide top-notch home care. Contact us to set up an appointment and discuss your loved one’s needs. 

Companion Care vs. Personal Care

Home Care in Miami: Companion Care vs. Personal Care

Do you have a loved one who is a senior or has special needs in Miami? Finding the right home care services to meet their needs is important. You have a lot of options, so how do you choose? Let’s look at what companion care and personal care have to offer. 

Non-Medical Services

Both companion care and personal care are non-medical services MAZAL Nursing Services offers to families in Miami. Some seniors may receive only these services or have them in addition to a private nurse who helps them with their medical needs. 

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Companion Care Services

Aging or living with a disability doesn’t have to be a lonely road. Companion caregivers assist with everyday tasks and provide emotional support for their patients. They are also invaluable support to the families of seniors and those with disabilities, as they take pressure off loved ones by providing much-needed daily support and allow families to spend quality time with their loved ones. 

At MAZAL Nursing Services our companion care services include,

  • Meal preparation
  • Assistance with housekeeping and chores 
  • Assistance running errands
  • Transportation to and from appointments and social activities
  • Companionship
  • Communicating to family members

We work with families to determine your specific needs and create a schedule for home care that can be daily, weekly, or multiple times a week. 

Personal Care Services

Privacy and independence are important to us, but sometimes, we need a little extra help with personal care. Whether it is because of major surgery, aging, injury, or disability, MAZAL Nursing Services offers personal care services that can be temporary or long-term. 

Sometimes a personal care provider may also offer some of the companionship services we discussed above. However, personal care itself focuses on, 

  • Assistance with bathing and showering
  • Dressing
  • Oral hygiene
  • Assistance with lotion, haircare, etc
  • Non-medical assistance such as maintaining catheter bags
  • Changing continence pads and cleanup
  • Toilet assistance

Because of the nature of personal care services, we take additional time to understand your specific needs and create a care schedule that will help you or your loved one live their best independent life. 

Home Care in Miami

Do you or your loved one need home care services or a private nurse in Miami? We offer a wide range of services to help seniors and those with special needs live their best lives. Contact us to set up an appointment. 

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5 Things You Must Know About Your Home Care Nurse

The first step in hiring in-home care is to research, consult with, and select a trusted home care company. A reputable home care company that has a strong record of service and experience will have the most qualified home care nurses. Once you select the right company, their care coordinator will set up a courtesy in-home assessment to meet you and your loved one. From there, you will have the opportunity to interview the prospective home care nurse.

  • Experience – A professional home care nurse will provide services in a number of different areas. Make sure you ask for specifics about their previous caregiving experiences. Asking for references is a good idea. If your loved one has a preexisting condition, such as diabetes or dementia, make sure the home care nurse you choose has experience working with these conditions. If meal preparation will be a part of their duties, ask them about the type of foods they cook well and if they are familiar with accommodating special dietary requests.

 

  • Expertise – Make sure the home care nurse you choose has undergone the necessary training and received proper certifications according to the guidelines in your state. If they have continued their education and training in addition to meeting the state’s minimum requirements that is a great sign. Ask them about additional credentials they may have obtained or are currently working on.

 

  • Compassion – The bond between a patient and home care nurse is critical for long term success. Empathy and attentiveness are crucial to fostering a trusting relationship with your loved one. Ask the caregiver why they have chosen home care nursing as a profession. The right home care nurse will have a good balance of professionalism and a nurturing and caring nature. Ask the candidate what interests they have that might be shared with your loved one, such as watching a particular kind of sport or listening to a certain type of music. They will be spending a lot of time together, so shared interests can make visits more enjoyable for both.

 

  • Patience – Home care nursing is not for the faint of heart. It takes a very special kind of personality to choose this kind of career. Perhaps the most important quality to look for in a caregiver is patience. This is especially true when seeking care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. Ask them about a difficult experience they had with a previous client and how they managed it. Be looking for composure and empathy in their story.

 

  • Communication – Good verbal communication and a positive attitude are a must when looking for a good home care nurse. They will be spending a lot of time with your loved one, so you want them to be able to communicate well with one another, and with you. Your home care nurse should assist in keeping your loved one calm and comfortable, while also keeping the lines of communication open with you about any changes in their care plan. Proactive problem-solving is a big part of providing care for another person and requires dedication and excellent communication skills.
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