Aging adults have a variety of challenges to overcome in terms of accessing food and preparing it. These challenges, among many others, include budget shortages and a lack of transportation. Following are several ways you can help curb your senior loved one’s hunger.
Go to the Food Bank
Scheduling trips to a local food pantry is a great way to ensure your loved one has plenty of dry, durable goods in the home. Most locations offer nutrient-dense options such as beans, whole grains, oatmeal, dairy, produce, nuts, nut butters, and even meat. Because many aging adults are unable to drive themselves, see whether or not other seniors in the neighborhood could benefit from a ride to the food pantry when you take your loved one.
It is important to check in with your loved one at least 2 to 3 times per week. Many aging adults experience prolonged periods of hunger without anyone ever knowing. Look through your loved one’s cabinets to verify there are plenty of usable goods. You can also offer regular rides to the grocery store. Keep in mind your loved one may be reluctant to mention he or she has a food shortage because it could compromise his or her independence.
Sign Up for a Meal Delivery Service
Neighborhood food banks and food pantries aren’t the only organizations working to curb senior hunger. There are also local meal delivery services that drop fresh, home-cooked meals off to housebound seniors for free or at a very nominal cost. Not only do these services give aging adults a better ability live on fixed incomes, but they also make it easier for seniors with limited mobility and fine motor control to eat nutritious foods. You can also hire a Kingwood in-home elder care agency that offers meal preparation as one of its services.
Start a Food Drive
In addition to encouraging your loved one to take advantage of local resources for stamping senior hunger out, Kingwood caregivers and others throughout the community can make regular and concerted efforts to support these same organizations. Organize a food drive to increase food supplies at a local pantry or volunteer at these establishments by offering to help pass food out, assist with shuttle services, or take part in inventory management or cleanup.
If you’re concerned your loved one isn’t eating as well as he or she should, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of respite and live-in home care Kingwood families trust. Our caregivers are available 24/7 to prepare nutritious meals, take care of grocery shopping, and help with various tasks like exercise, bathing, and medication reminders. Call 832-412-1345 today to speak with a knowledgeable Care Manager and schedule a complimentary consultation.