Nutrition is vital to healthy living.
Ensuing a healthy diet is key to remaining healthy for longer. Eating and drinking adequately can support and prevent long term health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
We all know the familiar feeling of being light headed or lacking in energy because we overlooked a meal or had not drunk enough fluids. These signs can have severe consequences if we permit them to carry on. This is specifically true for older people or people with long term health conditions.
Reduced physical health, depression and isolation can lead to reduced eating habits. Around 1 in 4 people over the age of 65 years are at risk of malnutrition as a result of either under nourishment or obesity.
The most common indications of malnutrition is unplanned weight loss or significant weight gain. Other symptoms may include:
- Fatigue and lack of vitality and or strength
- Lethargy or feeling down and/or irritable
- Swollen abdomen
- Hair loss
- Additional infections than usual
- An noticeable sign of dehydration is thirstiness. Other signs may include:
- Dry lips, mouth and skin
- Loss of appetite
- Light headedness or headaches
- Murky coloured and strong smelling urine
Before our service initiates, we will visit you in your home to find out about your home care and support needs and inclinations. This is a good time to discuss whether you would like support with your eating and drinking. This could be anything from every day encouragement, to preparing tasty nutritious meals or working with your health care professionals to support your special diet. Often the simple act of preparing a meal with someone can make mealtimes more worthwhile.
Our home care/support workers are trained to understand the importance of good nutrition and hydration in conserving well-being. You can be assured that when preparing food they are aware of the significance of food safety and hygiene.
If you would like us to support you with your nutritional needs, we will write about the foods that you like and those that you dislike in your personal care and support plan. Your home care/support worker can then encourage you to eat well by preparing foods that you enjoy.