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How a Caregiver Can Help in Meal Planning

How a Caregiver Can Help in Meal Planning

Hiring in-home care in Pasadena is a great way to give your aging loved one the care and attention needed. While they may not be suffering from a chronic illness or disease, some seniors simply need a bit of help with daily activities. Many people associate in-home care with medical needs. Meal planning and preparation, for example, is one way that a caregiver can improve a senior’s life and reduce the stress of their family members.

Dietary Restrictions

It’s not uncommon for seniors to have dietary restrictions. As seniors age, their bodies may not be able to tolerate certain ingredients and their health condition may limit what types of foods they can eat. In some cases, there may also be foods that interact negatively with their medications. Because of this, it’s often difficult to plan meals that are nutritious and still delicious. There’s no need to rack your brain to come up with a satisfying meal. Instead, rely on your in-home care provider. Your caregiver can help overcome this obstacle. Because of their experience and training, they can create a tasty menu that’s perfect for your loved one, while still respecting any restrictions that may be in place.

Senior meals 2Communication with Physicians

Your homecare specialist isn’t working alone to improve the life of your loved one. Instead, they’re part of an extensive team that is carefully monitoring the care and treatment of your favorite senior. When it comes to meals and nutrition, your chosen caregiver will work closely with the dietary instructions provided by your loved one’s physician. Perhaps a decreased amount of sodium is needed to reduce high blood pressure. Maybe a reduction in sugar and carbs is recommended due to diabetes. No matter what the health concerns of your loved one’s physicians may be, a caregiver will plan a menu that aligns with the recommendations given. Over time, improved health and vital signs may be noted due to an improved nutritional plan.

A Chance to Participate

Although your loved one requires the help of a caretaker, they should still be given the opportunity to participate and make decisions regarding their life. A caregiver isn’t there to strip independence away from your loved one. Instead, it’s their duty to create a safe environment for seniors to live their lives and make decisions where possible. When it comes to meal planning, the caregiver will sit down with your loved one and plan entrees that they’ll enjoy eating. Then, if possible, they’ll be given the opportunity to participate in the preparation and cooking. Participating in the planning and preparation of their food is an activity that can keep your loved one’s memory sharp.

Less Stress for You

As a family member, your loved one’s dietary needs have undoubtedly been a concern. If you’re caring for children and yourself along with a senior loved one, it can be difficult to balance everyone’s needs. Preparing a separate meal that meets all your favorite senior’s dietary restrictions and requirements can be time-consuming and draining. Instead of juggling multiple menus, turn it over to your caregiver. You’ll no longer have to worry about planning and preparing multiple meals. Instead, you can check it off your list and rest assured that your loved one is getting the nutrition that they need.

Grocery Shopping Made EasySenior meals 3

Many caregivers will do more than just plan and prepare the meals for your aging loved one. They’ll even grocery shop, too! Depending on the needs of the patient and their job description, your caregiver may be willing to make a grocery list including the necessary ingredients, and pick them up at your favorite grocery store. This type of service streamlines meal planning and makes it easy for the caregiver to monitor the types of food being consumed by your loved one.

Nutritious Snacks

On top of planning meals, your loved one’s caregiver can also recommend healthy snack options. They may even pick up the ingredients and prepare a few, making it easy to grab one during the day. These snacks, as with the meals, will be highly nutritious and will follow the dietary guidelines set by your loved one’s physicians.

Home care in Pasadena does more than just benefit your loved one’s life medically. When given the opportunity, your caregiver can provide healthy meal and snack options that are enjoyable and nutritious!

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Reviewer: Patricia
Patricia 2020-09-18 via Google
I like working for 24hr home care because they allow me to have a flexible schedule and I can take advantage of how far away from home I'd like to travel for work.
Reviewer: Liliana D
Liliana D 2020-09-18 via Google
Improving getting better and better really listen to our voice send us a recognition letter congratulating us as frontline workers, send us a little gift for our performance, send us an gift certificate from amazon for school supplies pack of $30 dollars for our children looking forward for more improvements feels good to be recognize as a great frontline worker helps us get more motivated afterall thats going on. Ive never got anything or a congratulations from them ever its the first time in the 3 years ive work with them and today they call me to say happy bday i feel special. Thank you 24hr homecare
Reviewer: Tatyana
Tatyana 2020-09-18 via Google
Pros: It’s nice working here. With this agency, you have a very flexible schedule. There are a lot of 4-5 hour shifts, although they do offer overnight shifts as well from 8 hours, maybe 12. You can qualify for employee benefits after 1 year of working here. They have “emergency rate” wages as well, these are last minute shifts that can raise from $1-5 an hour; if they hired you at $14hr and they give you an (e-rate) emergency rate then it’ll probably be from $15, $16, $17+ depending on the case. Traveling is required and they did have a virtual interview with me. They have employees working 24 hours if you decide to call them. They use the CC-Go app to clock in and clock out. They also give you a link to a corporate perks website that will give you discounts on phones, plane tickets, hotels ect. Cons: Communication with the office/managers can be difficult at times because when you call, anyone/random person can answer. My personal recommendation as a company request for employee(s): Sending each caregiver a “care package” in a ziplock bag with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, ect. in case a facility or client doesn’t have the supplies needed. Having these “care packages” would help the company prevent any further sicknesses when dealing with urination and bowel movements if anything were to happen.
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Highly recommend!
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great, award-winning company!
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great company! Highly recommend.
Reviewer: CAROL
CAROL 2020-08-01 via Google
Reviewer: Laura
Laura 2020-06-12 via Google
Our care givers are loving, friendly and devoted. They are family! Thank you for being here for us.
Reviewer: Richard
Richard 2020-06-09 via Google
Our Care-giver Mudrakat is a blessing for us, with a big heart, and a very professional approach and skills - she will go far...
Reviewer: Raul
Raul 2020-05-28 via Google
Great place to work for!

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The success of our clients and company is entirely dependent on the quality of our caregivers. We make certain to find and provide our senior clients with the industry's best caretakers so that they have a positive in-home care experience. We submit all of our caregivers through nationwide background checks, assessment tests, and verify multiple references. All of our caregivers are required to be compassionate, reliable, experienced, and above all else, TRUSTWORTHY. We understand that you are entrusting your loved one's home and well-being with our company, and we take that very seriously.

24 Hour Home Care® is committed to improving the lives of our senior clients. By assisting seniors with their daily living activities, we are able to keep them at home where they are comfortable and allow them to thrive during this chapter of their lives. Not only do we strive to exceed customer satisfaction, but we strive to exceed employee satisfaction. We want all of our caregivers to be proud and happy to work for 24 Hour Home Care® so that they will provide the best senior home care possible!


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