Elderly Care: One of the things that the holiday season, especially Christmas, is known for, are sweets.
It can be a really hard time for a senior to focus on blood sugar and glucose levels when the air is filled with sweet scents they want to devour. One thing that may help seniors focus on their blood sugar is having elder care assistants help them through the holidays. These elderly care providers provide the ultimate companionship for seniors, but they also help a senior remind them to make healthier choices.
Elderly care providers will not be able to manage medications for the senior, but they will be able to remind your parents it’s time to check blood sugar.
Based on the results, elder care providers can help seniors make food choices that will help them feel like they’re making the most of the holiday. We often associate food with specific seasons, and it can be hard to work around health concerns, but that is exactly why elder care associates are great for seniors.
These caregivers can help find recipes that make a senior feel like they aren’t missing any part of the holiday. They can ensure that the senior has set meals and snacks for the healthy but tasty holiday dishes. If you have not yet sat down with your parents to develop a meal plan, you can start with this list of diabetic-friendly holiday dishes. Every meal has around 30 grams of carbs, is all calorie friendly, and has healthy fats.
-Scallop and Shrimp Cocktail
For all seniors who are seafood lovers, this shrimp and scallop cocktail is perfect. However, elder care assistants should focus on the amount of sugar in the sauce. They can make a low-sugar sauce for the scallops and shrimp. Most seafood like shrimp is not that high carb and a really good source of protein for seniors.
-Butternut Squash Soup
This is an easy recipe to make and it truly smells like the holidays in one meal. It is easy to bake the squash first and then blend it up with water or cream. It is easy, simple, and will leave the senior feeling very satisfied. The best thing about this recipe is depending on the spices a senior likes it can be really aromatic.
-Ratatouille With Red Snapper
One of the best holiday dishes you can find is one that is filled with vegetables. Underneath the vegetables is a bed of red snapper. This recipe is easy to bake up and can be left in the oven for a little while. This is perfect if elder care plans on doing an art project with the senior to fill up the day. It’s also something that can be prepared in advance.
-Sweet and Sour Brisket
Now, for many people brisket may not be on their holiday menu, but it should be! This is a sweet flavorful dish that isn’t too sour. It is another dish that can be left in the oven for up to 3 hours making it perfect for when the family is visiting a senior. The meal can be left in the oven while other activities take place.
An elderly care provider is a great option to help you’re senior make any of these smart choices for good diabetes control.