Home Instead offers free program to boost nutrition, social activity in seniors

BERLIN, Md. – Home Instead Senior Care is offering a new way to stay healthy and social. They’re launching a new program called the Companionship Diet. The idea is to encourage families to eat a meal with their loved ones living in nursing homes and elderly care facilities. “We understand that having a companion or interaction with somebody else while they’re eating can reduce the negative aspect of not having enough nutrition, and of course it also engages them mentally and physically,” said Home Instead care consultant Crystal Heiser.

They’re doing that by providing free recipes and tips on how to make cooking a fun and connecting experience. Heiser says the need for those connections became especially apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We found that a good portion of our seniors were becoming very, very isolated, and of course isolated meant that they were skipping meals. They weren’t eating appropriate meals,” said Heiser.

Heiser also tells 47ABC that if you can’t make it to eat with your elderly loved ones in person, even just picking up the phone can help. “Even if they’re just picking up the phone and talking to their family member while they’re eating, it stimulates them to continue eating. It kind of gives you a basis of having a conversation that actually makes sense, being separated,” said Heiser.

The Companionship Diet isn’t just reserved for those seniors under the care of Home Instead Senior Care. For free recipes and other resources, click here.

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