A balanced and nutritious diet and the intake of adequate fluids are essential for the maintenance of health and well-being. As a result of a medical condition, you or your loved one may experience a reduced appetite, a loss of interest in eating or may need assistance with eating.
The live-in caregivers duties include planning food, helping with shopping for groceries, preparing favourite healthy meals, whilst respect your food preferences and by making sure that you or your loved one are getting enough to eat and drink.
Understanding nutrition is an essential duty of being a live-in carer. Some specialist or medical conditions require particular diets, or certain ways of preparing foods. People with dementia often require diets which are highly colourful, or which they can eat easily with their fingers. Texture modified diets for people with swallowing difficulties must be prepared to exact specifications, too little or too much pureeing can pose more risks. People living with conditions like MS or cancer may have extremely specific diets that live-in carers will understand and be able to deliver.
Most of all a live-in carer will help you to enjoy food. A home cooked meal, prepared to your choice and preferences, served in your home, in good company, can do wonders for health and well-being.