Eating alone can be depressing for some people. If your senior loved one isn’t a fan of eating alone, she might start to avoid eating at all. That’s not the healthiest option for her, so consider some of these ideas instead.
Set Aside Time to Eat with Her
As a family caregiver, there is no doubt at all that you’re crazy busy. Probably way too busy to feel comfortable sitting down for a meal. But you should make an exception, especially when you’re able to have a meal with your senior loved one. Sit down with her and talk while you eat. Enjoy the company and the conversation. She’s much more likely to enjoy her meal and to actually eat.
Enlist the Help of Other People
If you work or are otherwise unavailable during your loved one’s mealtimes, that doesn’t mean that she has to eat alone. Work with your loved one’s friends, other family members, and even neighbors to set up a schedule. Having a variety of people with whom she can eat and socialize during meals can be really empowering for your loved one.
Engage the Help of Senior Care Providers
Another way to help your loved one have company during meals is to hire senior care providers to spend time with her. They can offer your loved one companionship and generally ensure that she’s doing alright during the day. If your loved one could use extra help with meal preparation and cooking, they can help out with that, too.
Look for Other Opportunities for Socializing
Many senior centers and other community organizations offer opportunities to socialize, meet new people, and eat a meal, all in one place. Research these options in your area to see if this is something that might interest your loved one. having this sort of outlet can be especially important if you don’t have family members or other people in the area who are close to your loved one.
Your loved one may find that she likes a mixture of these ideas or even just one or two. Experiment to find the best fit for her.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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