Senior Nutrition

Do you have a concern about an aging parent’s nutrition and health? A key component, often overlooked, of seniors’ well-being is eating correctly. Good nutrition can help keep them safe and healthy.

Declining eating habits will put seniors at a greater risk of falls, dehydration and poor health. Your mom or dad may no longer have the motivation and energy to plan and prepare nutritious meals consistently. They may just lack the energy to cook for only one or two. Often medication can make food taste different and can make some food textures seem unappealing.

Their solution may be heating a frozen TV dinner in the microwave. But an easy, better solution could be having a family member, friend or in-home care agency come by for a few hours a week to prepare meals. Small, healthful snacks during the day is also a good option. Personalized meal plans can help make meals a positive experience, improving seniors’ quality of life.

Good nutrition and exercise are two factors that prevent falls. For people over age 65, doctors often recommend more calcium, protein and vitamin D. These nutrients can help your aging loved ones maintain muscle mass. And muscle mass helps them maintain strength and reaction response, preventing a fall with serious injuries.

Building a personalized meal plan, shopping for the correct foods, and getting help with meal preparation will help seniors maintain a healthier quality of life. When your mom or dad no longer has the energy for these activities, the use of an in-home care agency for nutritional assistance may be just what’s needed.

SYNERGY HomeCare is an in-home agency that offers this service and is an excellent option to provide support for loved ones.

KATE REDMOND, SYNERGY HOMECARE

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Synergy HomeCare: Senior Fall Prevention

One of the biggest fears for aging seniors and their families is the risk of falling. In fact, falls by people aged 65 and older are the leading cause of death from injury. That’s where Synergy HomeCare comes in. Providing in-home care for seniors is one way to help them maintain their independence, and before that point, Synergy HomeCare can provide many fall-prevention tools for seniors and their families to take advantage of.

When people age, their muscle mass declines, which increases the risk of falls. Other factors that contribute to this increased risk include poor eating habits, lack of exercise and the existence of home safety hazards. With the help of a Synergy HomeCare home assessment, meal plan, and exercise plan or other options, many seniors can live independently in their own home while giving their family peace of mind.

After you call Synergy HomeCare for a free home inspection, the staff will view the home and point out potential safety concerns. By making suggestions such as improved lighting, grab bars, shower benches and clear traffic paths, the team lessens the worrying. Through meal planning, prepping meals and grocery shopping for seniors, Synergy can encourage good eating habits.

Another service that Synergy offers is researching physical activities for clients to help improve their lives. Exercise options such as yoga, tai chi, walking and community exercise programs help keep muscle mass from being lost.

These simple lifestyle changes can prevent seniors from hurting themselves in a life-altering fall. With planning, shopping and cleaning services, Synergy HomeCare can bring peace of mind, safety and independence to seniors and their loved ones. by Kate Redmond

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Synergy HomeCare: Independence for Aging

Kind one. Smiling senior woman with her home caregiver

“I work with people because I love people and it brings me joy,” says John, a caregiver at Synergy HomeCare.

Synergy HomeCare offers in-home care to help seniors maintain their independence and give their family members peace of mind. Synergy has flexible options such as around-the-clock care for seniors who need it, or just a few hours a week for minor needs.

When a client is first interested in Synergy HomeCare services, an office member greets potential clients and their family members for a free in-home assessment. The staff takes the time to learn about the senior’s routine and individual needs, and analyzes the home to identify potential solutions to make the senior’s life easier.

If the client’s family decides that Synergy HomeCare is the right fit for them, the staff works to match the personality of the client to a caregiver. With a full background check having been done, a Synergy care coordinator introduces the two parties to each other.

Synergy offers more than just nursing care inside the home. As Samantha, a Synergy caregiver, notes, “We are not there just as a certified nursing assistant. We offer cooking, cleaning, companionship, running errands, and taking clients to the doctor. We don’t tell them what to do, as expected in a nursing home. I always ask, ‘How can I help you?’”

Maintaining independence can be very important to seniors, and Synergy wants to help make that possible. Moving into an unfamiliar facility with lots of different caregivers can be overwhelming. Synergy HomeCare offers peace of mind, independence and personal relationships with each client.

For more information or a free home assessment, call the Olympia office of Synergy HomeCare at 360-338-0837.

Katie Redmond

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