Assisted Living and Nutrition

Proper diet and nutrition are important for everyone, but particularly for the elderly or the infirm who require special health care. One of the often-overlooked benefits of living in an assisted living facility is the easier access to healthy foods. There are several reasons nursing homes or assisted living facilities help with this critical component of caring for senior citizens.

Already Prepared – Cooking and cleaning up at mealtimes may be a task too daunting to a senior with impaired health and mobility. They may be willing to eat, but unwilling or unable to cook. An assisted living facility helps to solve this issue by preparing healthful meals.

No Shopping Requirements – Anything that can make life a little easier for a person with special health needs is a big help. Or, from the opposite point of view, anything that can be a hindrance to the patient can inhibit their chances of getting proper nutrition. This certainly holds true for grocery shopping. Driving, lifting heavy bags, or reading labels with small print can all be reasons an elderly person avoids shopping even at the expense of their own health. This isn’t a problem with assisted living.

Regular Schedule – In assisted living facilities, meals are available at regular intervals so that the person’s body can enjoy the benefits of eating several real meals per day. It seems simple to most people, but an older person living with health conditions might not be able to provide this for themselves.

Medication, socialization, exercise and general activity are all important to an older person’s health, but nutrition is often overlooked or taken for granted. Diet and nutrition are key components for well-being, and at an assisted living facility the resident can be sure to receive good meals reliably.