Focus on Elderly Care Services – Eating Assistance

October 14, 2016

Elderly Care in Rockland NY

An elderly care provider can be a tremendous benefit to your aging parent and an exceptional source of enhancement to their quality of life as they age in place. The personalized care services offered by an elderly home care services provider can enable your parent to address their individual limitations, challenges, and needs in a way that is right for them according to their personality, opinions, and care goals. This helps them to age in place safely, healthily, and comfortably, and gives you confidence and peace of mind that even when you are not able to be with them, your parent is in the best hands and getting all of the care that they need to be at their best.

If your aging parent suffers from difficulties that make eating challenging for them, they might not get the nutrition that they need to thrive, and may even be at risk each time that they sit down to have a meal or a snack. This can lead you to worry about them whenever you are not able to be with them. An elderly home care services provider can give your parent eating assistance that keeps them safer and allows them to maintain more independence as they age in place.


Some of the ways that eating assistance can benefit your aging parent include:

Preparing easy to eat meals. Some foods are more challenging to eat than others. This will depend on the particular issue that your parent faces that makes eating more difficult for them, and it is important that they understand this so that they are able to make the right decisions for meals and snacks. An elderly care provider can help them to evaluate their needs and make the decisions that are right for them so that they are able to eat safely, comfortably, and healthily. They can then help them to eat those meals in the way that is best for their needs.

Preparing a more varied diet. Not being able to eat safely or comfortably can make it so that your parent limits what they eat to the few items that they are confident about. This can reduce the nutrition that they give their body and negatively impact their health and wellbeing as they age. The assistance of a care provider can mean that they are able to try a wider variety of foods knowing that the care provider is there to help them with tasks such as cutting the food up, lifting it to their mouths, and taking sips of beverages in between.

Addressing immediate risks. Eating assistance from an elderly care provider also means that if there is an urgent need, such as your parent choking or biting themselves, the care provider is there to attend to the need promptly and effectively. If your parent experiences anxiety or stress related to the issue, the care provider can be there to offer support and encouragement so that they are able to get through it and continue eating a wider, healthier variety of food.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Rockland, 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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