CARERS PROGRAM

Tips for maintaining good nutrition for you and the person you care for

 
CARERS PROGRAMMaintaining a healthy, balanced diet to provide the vitamins, minerals and essential elements  for your body can be difficult when you a Carer. Good food gives us energy, keeps our heart beating, our brain active, and our muscles working. When you are looking after someone else and also juggling caring with family responsibilities and/or  working its easy to feel you can't be bothered or skip meals. You may be tempted to grap fast food on the go that may be high in fat , salt and sugar due to time limitations. 

You may also be having to learn new ways of cooking or preparing food if the person you care now has to have particular modifications to their diet e.g. Diabetic meals, Gluten free meals, High protein/low fat diet.  

You may find yourself  having to read food labels, source where to buy particular ingredients and cook two lots of meals to suit the person and yourself and the rest of the family.

As we age it is important to make sure we eat 3-4 serves of calcium every day. Calcium rich foods include milk products, soy and fish like salmon and sardines. Eating something from the five food groups every day is also important.

 

Healthy Eating

One of the main challenge caring for older frail people's diets is helping them to maintain a healthy weight  and even having a little extra weight as a reserve for when they are unwell or stressed. The  resources below were made with seniors nutrition needs in mind. 

Some Useful Resources

'Low Cost Meals for Seniors Program Recipe book'

Eating well - A food nutrition resource for frail older people & their Carers

Low Calories Snack Guide

Australian Dietary Guidelines

For other free meal recipe ideas go to: www.eatforhealth.gov.au
 

Meals On Wheels enable frail older people & younger people with disabilities and their carers to remain in their own homes & enjoy a level of independence & style of living to suit their individual needs. Meals on Wheel Services are not-for-profit, they have no waiting lists and can deliver healthy meals to client's homes to not only ensure their nutritional requirements are being met, but to provide regular social contact and a friendly check to see that all is well.

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