Everyone loves a barbecue! It is one of the best parts of the summer months, and enjoying summer cookouts is something everyone can be a part of. However, seniors receiving home care services and their PCAs can find it tricky to balance eating healthy and eating deliciously. Especially for those dealing with a chronic disease, finding the right foods to eat and what to avoid can have a significant impact on their health.

At Best Care, we want to make health and happiness coincide as easily as possible. Meal planning for seniors and chronically ill people is the ideal way to make sure they eat healthily, but still enjoy their summer meals. To make it even easier, we have picked out some key focus areas. Enjoy!

Spice up your life

To kick things off, here are several spices that have genuine health benefits, such as reducing inflammation. In warmer weather, inflammation can make movement especially hard, making it harder for older and infirm people to enjoy the summer months.

This summer, personal care assistants that are cooking for senior home care patients should try adding:

  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • Rosemary
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Garlic

Inflammation can be a source of a lot of chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Some other healthy summer foods to keep close by that help to lessen inflammation include:

  • Fish (especially salmon) – contains healthy omega 3’s as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Dark leafy greens – including spinach, kale and collard greens.
  • Blueberries – provide many antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory qualities.
  • Tea – Matcha tea is a type of extremely nutrient-rich green tea that supports immune function and heart health.

Throw together a salad with some spinach, kale, and some blueberries as a healthy side dish at your next barbecue or just make a big bowl of it and bring it to your loved one to eat throughout their week.

Stay on top of vitamins and minerals

Seniors need their vitamins and minerals just as much – and often even more than – younger people. To make sure their health stays in tip-top shape, make sure they eat at least five portions of fruits and vegetables each day. This helps boost their immune system and increases their energy levels.

If incorporating this much fresh produce into meals you’re around for is too tricky, canned and frozen vegetables can work too, which they can then prepare in their own time. It’s all about making a healthy lifestyle one that they can sustainably stick with over longer periods of time.

What to avoid when meal planning for seniors

When it comes to easy meals for seniors, there are a few things to avoid. Foods like soft cheeses, undercooked eggs, raw meat, and many types of seafood are veritable breeding grounds for all kinds of bacteria that can be, at best, uncomfortable for senior citizens and, at worst, life-threatening.

In addition, while multigrain bread is often thought of as healthy, make sure you check the ingredients. Bread with high fructose corn syrup in them can actually do more harm than good to the delicate stomach of a senior, so steer clear to save them any potential problems.

The home care professionals at Best Care know that keeping good health doesn’t have to come at the expense of enjoying the golden years. We’re ready to support you with quality home care services including home care for seniors, pediatric home care, home care services for those with disabilities, and 24-hour home nursing care. To learn more about the services we provide, click here

For any other questions, call (651) 330-2550 or send us an email at info@besthomecaremn.com