How Can You Help Your Parent Avoid Malnutrition?

August 26, 2016

Elder Care in Nassau NY

Malnutrition is a serious risk for older adults. Millions of seniors throughout the United States struggle with not getting the right nutrition for their body each year. This puts them at serious risk of a wide variety of health complications and concerns, including greater vulnerability to illness and infection, decreased energy, and even dental problems. Helping your parent avoid malnutrition is a vital step in protecting your parent’s health and wellbeing for the long term.


Some ways that you can help your parent avoid malnutrition:

Grocery shop with them. Not being able to get out to the grocery store can be one of the primary causes of malnutrition. If your parent does not have the transportation that they need to get to the store or the physical and mobility capability to handle shopping on their own, they may not have access to the healthy foods that they need. Help them to address this by going grocery shopping with them. Bring them with you to the store and help them choose the foods that are right for them according to their specific dietary needs.

Use online shopping. If you live at a distance from your parent, are not able to get to their home frequently, or they simply want more independence in their food shopping, consider using online grocery shopping. With these services your parent can select the foods that they want and have them delivered directly to their home. While these services do not provide all of the different types of foods your parent will need, they can provide the basics to keep your parent’s kitchen stocked.

Prepare meals for them. Elderly adults living on their own tend to lose motivation to prepare large meals just for themselves. This can mean that they are not getting the nutrition that they need. Help to address this by preparing meals for your parent. When you are cooking for your partner and children, cook for your parent as well. Stocking their refrigerator can help ensure that they always have a healthy, delicious meal that they can prepare quickly and easily.

Eat with them. Being lonely and isolated can cause your parent to lose motivation to eat. Eating is generally a social experience and when your parent is left alone they may not enjoy the experience as much. This can cause them to eat less or eat foods that are fast and easy rather than whole, balanced meals. Take as many opportunities as possible to eat with your loved one, whether that means going to their home to eat or having them come to yours to eat with your family.


If you are concerned that your aging parent might be at risk of suffering malnutrition, starting elder care for them might be the ideal solution. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent to help them to maintain better nutritional habits from different angles, including helping them with grocery shopping, meal and snack preparation, and even being with your parent as they eat to give them the emotional support and encouragement that they need to maintain motivation to eat a healthy, nourishing diet throughout their later years.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Nassau, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Director of Client Services at Star One Home Care
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

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