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How Senior Care Services Can Help Your Loved One Enjoy Thanksgiving

Help your aging parent or adult in Wheat Ridge, CO enjoy Thanksgiving festivities safely and comfortably with senior care services

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with your family, but when a loved one in Wheat Ridge, CO requires senior care services, you might start to wonder whether or not they can handle a big family festivity.

At Visiting Angels, providing senior care services for many years has helped us gain extensive experience in how to make holidays such as Thanksgiving more senior-friendly. We want to share that with you. The following tips can help you organize a more enjoyable and less stressful Thanksgiving event for you and your family members of all ages.

Include Senior-Friendly Foods in Your Thanksgiving Feast

As we all know, a Thanksgiving celebration is not complete without an abundant, colorful table filled with a variety of foods. However, bear in mind that seniors often have trouble with eating and/or chewing certain foods. This may happen due to a number of reasons such as medications, deterioration of taste buds or dental problems. If your loved one has chewing or eating issues, make sure to partially adapt your Thanksgiving menu and make it more friendly for older adults.

Here’s how. Apart from the main course, prepare a couple of dishes that are easy to chew even for those wearing dentures. Also, avoid putting too much salt and opt for spices and seasonings instead. If Mom or Dad still prefers to eat turkey or some other solid foods, you can cut their portion into smaller, manageable pieces that are easy to chew and swallow.

Try to Make Traveling Easier

Should you need to travel long distances with your loved one this Thanksgiving, consider taking certain steps that could make their ride more comfortable. Older adults are more sensitive and susceptible to the cold, so you might want to make sure you bring a nice, warm blanket to warm them up. Additionally, a long ride can be more tolerable if your loved one has a soft cushion to help support their posture, so bring one along. Another important thing, help Mom or Dad pack any medication they might need while they are away from home.

Schedule Professional Senior Care

The majority of quality senior care services are available throughout the year, meaning you can schedule a caregiver even during holidays like Thanksgiving. If you think Mom or Dad could benefit from having a caregiver with them during the holiday, speak with their agency to make the necessary arrangements. Having a professional care provider around for Thanksgiving surely comes with certain advantages. Your loved one will be well looked after at all times while you’ll have the chance to spend more time with the whole family.

“Professional elderly care can be a big help over the holidays,” says Larry Meigs, President and CEO of Visiting Angels. “As elderly care providers, it’s important to us that your family — and your loved one — are able to get the most out of your Thanksgiving.”

Visiting Angels of Denver is a leading provider of non-medical in-home senior care services. To learn more about the in-home assisted living services provided by our staff of compassionate caregivers, please call our Wheat Ridge office at (303) 232-9999 or contact us for more information.

Visiting Angels proudly serves Arvada, Aurora, Denver, Glendale, Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, and the surrounding areas of Colorado.

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