Meal planning and preparation can be extremely complicated for your aging adult. That’s where you can really shine as her caregiver because it’s important that she’s able to eat the healthiest meals that she possibly can. What it really takes is some planning and execution in order to get the best results.
Make a Menu Together, if Possible
While it can be tempting to just make a menu and get it over with that leaves your senior out of the process. Talk with your senior about what foods and meals she’d like to eat in the week ahead. By making meal planning a collaborative process, you give her more agency in the discussion.
Delegate the Shopping
If it’s at all possible, find someone else who can head to the grocery store for you. This might be a friend, neighbor, or another family member who has time to hit the grocery store. Another option is to choose grocery delivery if that’s available in your area. Looking for ways to make your life easier can definitely pay off when it comes to shopping.
Set Aside an Hour or Two for Meal Preparation
In an hour or two, you can actually do quite a bit of meal preparation for the week ahead. This might involve chopping vegetables, separating out snack servings, and even getting meats marinating and into the freezer. Look for recipes and processes that you can set and forget for best results.
Put Single Servings in the Freezer for Easy Access
If you’re a home cook who loves cooking ahead as much as possible, then one of the best ways that you can store food after you cook it is in single-serving containers that are labeled. Then, when you or your senior are ready to grab something to eat, it’s easy to reheat something that you know is full of great ingredients.
Don’t Worry about Perfection
Above all, don’t worry about having the perfect meal plan or cooking perfect meals every day. There may be a day in there that you and your senior just order a pizza. You don’t want to do that every day, of course, but sometimes that’s what you need to do to get through that day.
Once you get into a rhythm with meal preparation, cooking, and grocery shopping, the entire process will feel so much easier. Take your time to discover what works for you and for your aging adult.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home senior care in Port Huron, please contact the caring staff at Crystal Cares Home Care today. Call (810) 882-9915 .
We believe in caring for our clients using a holistic approach. Our clients emotional care is just as important as their physical care. Yes, it is important that our caregivers prepare a nutritious meal, complete assigned housekeeping tasks, we believe it is just as important that we support and address the client’s emotional and spiritual needs.
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