Seniors have lots of dietary restrictions. Clear liquid diets, low-carb diets, low-sodium diets, mechanical soft diets, thickened liquid diets—there are so many kinds of diets that professionals of senior care in Pennsylvania need to need to be experts in when doing proper meal preparation for seniors.
This means learning the specific dietary requirements of their patient and working with the patient and their relatives in developing a sustainable meal plan. Coming up with a plan is followed by:
- Shopping for ingredients in groceries and food markets
- Preparing food ingredients for cooking later
- Cooking and reheating food during mealtimes
- Cleaning and disinfecting the kitchen after meals
These are only some of the skills that a home care agency looks for when hiring a caregiver. A skilled caregiver must also ensure that a senior’s meal plan does not cause adverse reactions to the medicines a patient takes. Thus, meal and medicine management go hand in hand.
It can be a challenge for seniors and their relatives to prepare and implement a proper meal plan on their own. Not to mention all the other things that go into providing 24-hour care to seniors. That is why hiring home care assistance is highly recommended.