Tips for caregivers
12 Sep 2018
If you’re caring for someone with suppressed appetite, helping them get the nutrition they need can be challenging. Here are some simple changes you can make to help them look forward to mealtimes, and get the nutrients they need to achieve and maintain good health.
Stick to a schedule
Serve meals at the same time every day, regardless of whether your loved one is particularly hungry. Consistent meal times can help appetite and digestion.
Plan smaller, more frequent meals
Plan several smaller meals and snacks throughout the day and offer products like BOOST® Max™ Nutritional Shake to help fill any nutritional gaps.
Learn some nutrition basics
Read up about basic nutrition, the importance of getting the right nutrients every day, and the role BOOST® Nutritional Drinks can play in helping to provide good nutrition for your loved one.
We eat with our eyes first, so use creative plating and garnish food to make it look more attractive. Use background music and smart table settings to make mealtimes fun and engaging.
Use BOOST® to fill in nutritional gaps
BOOST® Drinks are a convenient, tasty way to help your loved one get the nutrients they need. Pack one in a bag for outings, try it in cereal instead of milk, and offer it as a snack or supplement to a meal.
Take care of yourself
The better care you take of yourself, the better care you can give to your loved one. When you're stressed and busy, don't let your own nutrition suffer. Take time for yourself every day and do something you enjoy. And don’t be afraid to ask for help because if you have help, so does your loved one.