Improve Comfort and Nutritional Health: Tips for Managing COPD

COPD is a wide-spread, debilitating lung disease that makes breathing more difficult over time. I've personally experienced how devastating COPD is to our loved ones. Caring for those with chronic bronchitis and emphysema creates challenges for your organization and direct care staff. 

Symptoms interfere with daily activities like walking, eating and self-care and continue to increase in severity.  Elders with COPD are also at a much higher risk of malnutrition, falls, infections and hospital stays. 

Educating caregivers to manage meals with simple techniques can increase comfort and improve nutritional health.

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Comfort at Mealtime: Favorite Foods for Satisfied Clients

With most of the country in a deep freeze many of us are looking for ways to stay warm and cozy

I head to the kitchen to cook a big pot of steaming vegetable soup. Using the recipe my grandmother taught me nearly 30 years ago, the soup is always hearty and delicious but the memories it invokes are just as warm

Favorite foods can provide comfort and healing, bring back memories and be emotionally significant for your clients, too. Mealtime is a perfect opportunity for caregivers to connect with those in their care. Taking time to learn about food traditions and cooking and serving their favorite meals builds rapport and creates a very personalized level of service.  Caregivers can also get creative with meals for added nutrition or for those on special diets.

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Mealtime Satisfaction - Understanding Elder Expectations

Your organization may be one of many that measures client satisfaction with your home care services.  Elements often include contentment with the caregivers’ professionalism, work ethic or communication skills. 

But what about meeting expectations with meals?  Time and time again I hear from companies who reveal that ‘caregivers who can’t cook’ is their most common client complaint.

Sometimes caregivers do lack basic cooking skills, but more times than not, caregivers don’t have a clear understanding of an elder’s expectations. For many older adults, mealtime is the highlight of their day. As they finish breakfast, they may be thinking ahead to “what’s for lunch?”  Read on to learn how to make mealtimes meaningful for those in your care.

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