Tips for Improving Senior Appetites


There could a number of reasons why your elderly loved one refuses to eat. As we age, our sense of taste and smell change, so do our preferences. Health conditions can also play a role in your loved one’s lack of appetite to eat.

As primary caregivers, we can all agree that it is hard to maintain good nutrition in seniors who lack an appetite. So Ileini’s Care, Inc. is here to give a few tips on how to encourage your loved one to eat more:

  • Serve smaller food with high nutritional content.

    A large serving might be overwhelming to some seniors. Caregivers at our home care agency in Monterey, California, suggest serving smaller, bite-sized portions of high nutrient foods like avocado, peanut butter, and other nut butter, salads with olive oil, soft cheeses like ricotta.

  • Make it easier to eat.

    If your loved one struggles to eat with utensils, try offering finger food like chicken strips, nuggets, fish sticks, and cut carrots and cucumber.

  • Remove the stress.

    If your loved one lives alone, they may be feeling stressed about their chores. You can opt to hire caregivers to help with light housekeeping.

  • Make milkshakes and healthy smoothies.

    Boost your loved one’s health the tasty way by making milkshakes and smoothies using healthy, and delicious ingredients like blueberries, yogurt, banana, etc. If you need help, caregivers at our personal care in California can be the ones to make your loved one’s smoothies while you’re away.

We hope you find all of these tips useful in keeping your loved one healthy and strong. If you are looking for senior assistance that also offers pet care, you’re in the right place. Just dial 831-375-2273 to get in touch!

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