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Home Health Care Kansas City – Never Skip a Meal 


Home Care Assistance has been providing home health care in Kansas City for many years. We understand the importance of finding reputable and trustworthy care for seniors who do not wish to live in a facility. 
Our services ensure that your loved ones receive the level of care they need and that generally starts with a healthy meal plan. 

Seniors need to eat healthy foods to meet their changing nutritional needs. While eating regularly is routine for most people, some seniors are physically unable to shop or prepare food for themselves. Often, certain medications contribute to the loss of their sense of taste or smell, which can lead to a lack of interest in eating. In some cases, when they have dementia, they may forget to eat or the meals they prepare may not be healthy and nutritious.

Seniors need to eat healthy foods to meet their changing nutritional needs. While eating regularly is routine for most people, some seniors are physically unable to shop or prepare food for themselves. Often, certain medications contribute to the loss of their sense of taste or smell, which can lead to a lack of interest in eating. In some cases, when they have dementia, they may forget to eat or the meals they prepare may not be healthy and nutritious.

Healthy eating has numerous benefits to aging seniors, particularly following a surgical procedure. Some foods can help decrease infections, speed up the healing process and increase strength and energy. Whether the surgery is due to an injury, a hip replacement or cancer operation, planned or elective, every type of surgery is a source of trauma to a senior’s body and the right diet can be helpful in restoring health.

Important foods that benefit an aging person’s recovery after surgery are:

Fruits & berries

Both fruits and berries are rich in antioxidants and an excellent source of vitamins and help the body repair damage.

Vegetables

Eaten as a snack or part of a meal, the vitamins and minerals found in vegetables are some of the most important nutrients in a healing diet. They are high in fiber which helps reduce constipation (a common side effect of pain medication and decreased mobility). Some vegetables add a healthy source of carbohydrates that help battle fatigue following surgery. Carbohydrates provide energy to the brain and prevent muscles from breaking down.

Fats

Healthy fats, especially following surgery, helps the body absorb all the vitamins from the fruits and vegetables, helps strengthen the immune system and decreases the chance of infection.

Greens

Dark leafy greens are an excellent source of vitamin A, C, and E, as well as vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting, and B-complex vitamins, which help with energy levels. Fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, and calcium are important minerals found in greens.

Protein

Following surgery, the body needs a high amount of protein and iron. Amino acids in the protein from meat help repair muscle damage by regenerating tissue and speeding up wound healing. Iron helps increase energy levels more quickly by creating new blood cells.

Surgery can be rough on a body’s entire system. Anesthetics, antibiotics, and painkillers upset the delicate balance causing digestive problems. Taking Probiotics helps to regulate one’s system.

The need for proper nutrition and exercise can be difficult to maintain for seniors who are living alone, whether it’s after surgery or any other time. When meals are shared with a friend or family member, healthy foods can be even more enjoyable while helping the senior to stay engaged and happy during their recovery.

Keeping all of their special needs in mind, home health care can create healthy meals for seniors that contain their favorite foods. Even with many seniors on specific diets (e.g. diabetic diets, low sodium diets, low sugar diets), meals can be interesting and flavorful while adhering to their dietary restrictions. The services provided by home health care ensures that your loved ones are not only eating regularly but getting good, healthy meals that will provide them with nutritional benefits.

Planning and preparing meals for the client doesn’t have to be an onerous chore – getting the client involved can make it more interesting as well as help their mental and emotional health. As part of home health care in Kansas City, the caregiver can involve the senior in as much of the shopping and food preparation as they are able. They may accompany the caregiver to their favorite food stores, selecting their own ingredients, share a favorite recipe and help the caregiver prepare a meal.

Home Care Assistance is a professional company dedicated to providing complete home health care in Kansas City. Our in-home caregivers are trained in nutrition and can assist with meal planning and preparation, grocery shopping and assistance with eating. We will prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as favorite snacks. Whether it’s cookies and a cup of tea or a glass of milk at bedtime – our caregivers are prepared to see to all of the seniors nutritional needs in the comfort of their own home.

HOME CARE ASSISTANCE

Serving The Greater Kansas City Metro
7214 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210