Eating well and staying active is important no matter your age to help keep you strong and healthy. However, as we get older our bodies needs change and some nutrients become more important for good health. Churchill Home Care can help assist with preparing and cooking meals to ensure your loved one is always well fed. With Hourly Care starting from just £18 per hour and Live-In Care from £725 per week.
Vitamin B12 is an important vitamin in elderly nutrition as it helps to keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps to produce DNA within the body’s cells. Some adults over the age of 50 can have problems absorbing enough Vitamin B12. Adding certain foods into their diet can help combat this such as fortified cereal, plain greek yoghurt, eggs, salmon, tuna and beef. Clams and liver are particularly rich in Vitamin B12.
Older adults require more Calcium and Vitamin D to help maintain strong healthy bones, particularly in women. Bone health can help to be maintained by including Calcium-rich foods such as poppy, sesame and chia seeds, cheese, yoghurt, sardines, beans, lentils, almonds, spinach, kale, rhubarb and edamame. Vitamin D rich foods include salmon, herring, sardines, tuna, egg yolks, mushrooms, as well as fortified foods such as cow’s milk, soy milk, orange juice, fortified cereals and oatmeal.
Potassium with limited sodium (salt) intake can help lower the risk of high blood pressure. Foods that are rich in potassium include bananas, oranges, cantaloupes, apricots spinach, broccoli, potatoes, mushrooms, milk, yoghurt, tuna, cod, trout, lima beans, kidney beans, soya beans and lentils.
Eating Fiber helps to keep older adults regular as well as reducing the risk of heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes. Dietary Fiber can be found in whole grain food such as brown bread, brown rice and brown pasta. Other sources include pears, strawberries, avocado, apples, raspberries, bananas, carrots, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kidney beans, chickpeas, quinoa, almonds, sweet potatoes and our personal favourite, dark chocolate.
Last but not least, avoiding foods that are high in saturated fats will also help keep the heart healthy, where possible try and keep natural fats in your diet from sources such as nuts, seeds, avocados and fish.
When Churchill Home Care helps to create a bespoke care plan for loved ones, we also conduct a full risk assessment around the home, to ensure that any necessary safety measures are put in place. This not only helps us to deliver home care efficiently but also helps to promote peace of mind. We hope that you have found our home care safety recommendations useful.
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