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Caregiving: Providing Healthy Meals for Your Loved One

07/21/2015

Proper nutrition is essential at every age and stage of life, but if you're already overwhelmed with your responsibilities as a caregiver, cooking delicious, nutritious meals for a loved one may seem daunting - especially if you also need to provide a meal for your own family.

The rule of thumb: keep it simple. Barnabas Health Home Care and Hospice suggests that rather than struggling to provide everyone with warm, delicious and nutritious meals, look for help. Meals on Wheels, local community centers and senior centers and personal chef meal delivery services can all help to relieve the stress. Once you find the right fit for you and your loved one, you can rest assured that your loved one's nutritional needs are met.

Consider the following meal service options:

1. The Meals on Wheels Association of America
Meals on Wheels is the oldest and largest national organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs. Founded in 1940, there are more than 5,000 Meals on Wheels providers in the United States delivering a total of more than 1 million meals daily. Most Meals on Wheels programs serve meals to large groups as well as deliver meals to individuals. For more information, visit mealsonwheelsamerica.org or call 888-998-6325.

2. Local Community Centers and Senior Centers
Community centers and senior centers throughout New Jersey provide different meal programs – at little to no cost for seniors. Some programs deliver meals to seniors, while others offer only pick-up and eat-in options. Recipient requirements vary from program to program.

To learn more about the various local senior food services offered in your county, search for information on the senior services department in your community.

3. Personal Chef Meal Delivery
Hiring a Personal Chef may be cost prohibitive. Thankfully, there are delivery services that bring the personal chef to you or your loved one – at a lower cost. This is a great option if your loved one has particular dietary restrictions or does not qualify for a senior food service program. These services can also help you to feed your family at home while you are busy caring for your loved one.

Keep these points in mind when researching a personal chef meal delivery company:

  • What is the cost?
  • Does the company offer any special senior discounts?
  • Are the meals delivered fresh or frozen?
  • Are the meals made locally or out of state?
  • Is the heating process simple or difficult?
  • Do they offer special diet menus that fit the needs of your loved one?

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