For a long time, living in a retirement home has been associated with negative connotations such as separation from loved ones and the loss of one’s independence. However, many have realized that there are many benefits to senior living. Retirement communities give guests the opportunity to enjoy the best that life has to offer. Other than living spaces with excellent ambience, many communities offer services and amenities that cater to residents’ needs and interests.
In our retirement community, team members with different skill sets are always available to provide help, support or a listening ear. Fun activities are also organized via our Celebrations Activities & Events program. If you or your loved one is dealing with appetite loss, we can help! Read on to learn about how we use a holistic approach to improve your appetite.
Understanding and Resolving Underlying Causes
Having a poor appetite can have adverse effects on your health. The first step to resolving the problem of appetite loss is to understand what causes it. There are many reasons why seniors lose their appetite. Long-term medication use, chronic medical conditions and infections are just some of them.
By identifying the cause of appetite loss, we can then treat it effectively. For example, if your hypertension medication is causing you to lose your appetite, you can consult your doctor and discuss the possibility of changing your medication.
Eating at the Same Time Daily
Eating at the same time daily can help improve your appetite. By developing a routine, you can train your body to recognize when it is time to eat. In our retirement community, our Sensations Dining program aims to make meal times enjoyable for all our residents. You can choose to dine at specific times throughout the day, which creates a routine that can help you regain your appetite.
The meals in our retirement community are prepared by certified chefs to suit your taste buds and dietary needs. They use only fresh ingredients to serve food that is both healthy and tasty. When you are dining, you will also get to enjoy our team members’ friendly table service.
Making Food More Palatable
You can also improve your appetite by eating tasty food. Meals cooked with spices can help in digestion and some can even stimulate salivation. Common spices that are known to improve appetite include fennel, turmeric, ginger and rosemary.
How the food is cooked, the freshness of the ingredients and avoiding odorous food can also play a huge role in making food tastier. In our retirement community, our professional chefs are well-versed in all these areas. As our guest, you will not have to worry about bland-tasting food that does not whet your appetite.
Start with Small Portions of Healthy Food
If you have not been eating well for a long time, it may be a challenge to start on three solid meals a day. To improve your appetite, our chefs will start you off with smaller portions of nutritious food that is rich in iron, calcium, fiber and vitamins.
To learn more about how our Sensations Dining program can help seniors with appetite loss, contact us today.