Meal Preparation Overview
Consider the amount of effort and time required to plan, shop, cook, clean and take care of all the tasks that go along with food preparation in any home. Sometimes just maintaining the sheer energy level needed to attend to those chores is beyond our clients’ ability. When that situation is coupled with a progressive decline in appetite, elderly or disabled persons can slowly fall into very bad habits regarding what they eat and how often they eat.
We see this challenge as a tremendous opportunity to improve the lives of our clients, and a critical factor in allowing them to stay independent in familiar home surroundings. We often also are able to provide relief for family caregivers, people who many times are dealing with a host of demanding scheduling situations outside the subject of groceries and meals.
Getting the basics of meal preparation right is only a part of what we provide. We carefully review any dietary restrictions or allergy situations, and work with directives from physicians, registered dieticians and the family regarding individualized plans and meal monitoring needed. We are especially sensitive to diabetic or other chronic conditions that require constant attention.
LightWay will make sure our Meal Preparation program is efficiently and economically planned and delivered in concert with our other home health services whenever needed. The following list of basic services can serve as a starting point for designing a custom program:
- Planning menu items with client and family
- Grocery shopping
- Organizing kitchen, pantry and refrigerator
- Monitoring food storage safety
- Understanding dietary restrictions
- Encouraging a healthy diet
- Cooking and meal preparation
- Providing companionship and assistance during meals
- Cleaning kitchen and eating areas
- Recording eating habits, if needed
- Keeping snacks and liquids available