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5 Tips to Make Sure Your Mom with Alzheimer’s Gets Proper Care and Isn’t Going Hungry

Alzheimer’s Care Tips Eagleville PA

Alzheimer's Care TipsSeptember is Hunger Action Month and if your elderly mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you want to make sure that she is getting proper care and proper nutrition.

How do we go about doing this?

Here are five tips that can make all the difference in the world for your elderly mother (and yourself when you are worried about her living at home alone).

Tip #1: Check her refrigerator on a regular basis.

If your mother is still able to drive herself around town to go to doctor’s appointments or the store, you might not be assisting her in picking up the right types of food. At the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s, memory loss will begin to affect daily life, but most seniors still have the capacity to tend to their own basic care well enough for the most part.

If her refrigerator is barren or has a lot of expired, moldy foods, she may be forgetting to go shopping, make meals, or even eat.

Tip #2: Encourage her to hire a professional home care aide.

Even though she might not need it at the moment, a home care aide can assist her for a couple of days a week for just a couple of hours each day. That could provide her the support and assistance to make healthy meals.

Tip #3: Talk to her on a regular basis.

If you don’t have the ability to stop by and check on her personally, call her up on a regular basis, whether that is every day, every other day, or once or twice a week. Ask her what she ate for breakfast, lunch, or dinner the previous day. She may have difficulty remembering, but if she consistently can’t recall anything, it’s time to talk to her about better care options.

Tip #4: Make food for her.

You can make meals for her, either at her house or your own, and set it up for the entire week. Label each meal clearly on what day it is for, including which meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner).

Tip #5: Hire a home care aide through an agency.

When your mother agrees to rely on the support of a home care aide, it’s best to hire somebody through an agency. Agencies have the most experienced, honest, and trustworthy caregivers you’re going to find anywhere. This will help to ensure that your mother with Alzheimer’s is getting the right level of care and nutrition.

For more information about how Reliant at Home Care can help your aging parents remain in their own homes, call 610-674-6860.

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Cerie Goldenberg, MSW,LSW

Cerie Goldenberg- My name is Cerie Fish Goldenberg. I have dedicated all 40 years of my professional life practicing Social Work in Montgomery County, PA.I earned aMasters Degree of Social Work from the University of Toronto and I am a Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania.I was an active participant in the growth of Montgomery County Office on Aging and Adult Service developing needed services and resources for both younger and older adults.

After40 years of being a problem solver and advocate for those in need including my parents who lived into their 90’s and chose to remain in their home, I remain passionate about providing the highest level of service possible to those individuals for whom we are providing care.It is my vision that those of us who choose to remain in their home to be given the opportunity to do so in a safe and dignified manner. Hence the birth or Reliant at Home Care.