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Senior Meal Services: Understanding Your Options

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Many seniors struggle to cook healthy meals for themselves. There are a host of challenges associated with meal planning and preparation. Getting to the grocery store or carrying groceries home is difficult for people with mobility issues. Food preparation is challenging for seniors who struggle with issues such as vision or balance problems, or arthritic hands.

As a result of these challenges, itís not always easy for seniors to eat regular, healthy meals. This is a cause for concern among carers who want to be sure their senior eats well, but donít have the time and resources to see to all their meals.

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Senior Meal Service Options


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Hiring a personal chef is generally not the affordable optionóbut it still may be preferable for those who have very specific dietary requirements or preferences. And if budget is a concern, you donít have to hire a professional chef to cook every night. Hiring someone to come in and cook three nights a week, for example, or make a number of meals that can be frozen and eaten later, can take the edge off for overstretched caregivers.

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Home delivered meals are very popular and are popping up everywhere. Using a meal delivery service can be fun, fast, and easy, and can provide independence and autonomy for older adults aging in place either at their home or in yours. The types of services available include ready-made meals or meal kits that are delivered directly to your home. Here are the top service providers for both options.Follow us on Pinterest

These companies offer the perfect solution. Senior meals are nutritious, delicious and delivered right to your door. These companies offer a simple, convenient meal delivery service for seniors. You choose what you want to eat, with dozens of healthy, chef-prepared menu options.

What to look for in meal delivery services...

Knowing what you need from your meal delivery service makes it easier to choose the best one for you. Here are some things we recommend thinking about:

Your budget. Meal delivery services vary, but in general, expect to pay around $12 per meal. That means getting a single main meal for one person daily, six days a week, will cost around $72. Of course, the cost will rise if you add in lunches and snacks. Knowing your budget helps you figure out if a service is a good fit.

Your diet. If you have a special dietary requirement such as eating vegetarian or following a diabetic-friendly diet, be sure to check that the meal service caters for your needs.

How many meals you need. Not every senior needs every meal covered by their service. Perhaps you can cook some meals but canít cope with doing it daily. Or perhaps you have a family member who can assist with meal prep, or help prepare meals for the freezer.

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Additionally, you should consider in home care agencies for meal prepping. Meal preparation is important to help aging seniors maintain a healthy lifestyle. In home care companies provide thoughtful in-home cooking services for seniors to ensure you have the most enjoyable experience at every meal.

Caregivers can help plan and create meals that match your specific dietary needs and food preferences while still tasting delicious. This will allow your parent to enjoy home-cooked food that has the right nutrition, without having to do any of the work.

In Conclusion...

Itís a good idea to look around at reviews. With so many review sites and message boards online, youíll normally find at least a handful of reviews and testimonials for each service. Seeing what other people are saying about them can help you make your decision.

With so many senior meal delivery options, and with the industry not going anywhere in the near future, thereís no need for you and your loved one to struggle with getting healthy meals on the table. Of course, budget may be a constraint, but even having one or two meals a week taken care of can make a big difference.

Start checking out options today and take the stress out of senior meals.

 

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