I wonder if any of our community could help my friend out with a bit of dietary advice for her mum.
Her mum recently (about three months ago) went to live in a very nice care home. She’s 81 and still relatively active for her age. She took the decision to go into the home herself, as she was finding it hard to manage in her own home, even with my friend’s help.
She seems to have settled well, has her own furniture and precious possessions in her room and appears to have a little circle of friends already.
But despite being otherwise contented, she hates the food. She always cooked for herself and was very good at it, unlike my friend, who would admit she’s not the slightest bit interested in anything that isn’t edible after 3 minutes in the microwave. Mum apparently says that everything tastes the same and ‘like school dinners’. It probably doesn’t help that the diet there is low in salt due to those suffering from hypertension and has little other seasoning because of ‘plain’ eaters.
But the end result of this dislike of the food is that she’s losing weight. My friend has had a discussion with the home’s management and they are more than happy for her to supplement the food with anything she cares to bring in, but wonders what that ought to be.
She has a busy career and although she can take mum out for a meal on Saturdays or Sundays, and calls in for an hour, on two or three evenings during the week, given her own lack of prowess in the kitchen, she’s stumped to know what to provide. Actual meals would be pretty much out of the question.
She’s already taking in things like soft fruits such as bananas. Some things are out of the question because of false teeth.
She’s thought of some of the more obvious snacks, but doesn’t want everything to revolve around carbohydrates, unless there’s no alternative.
She says her mum’s digestion is still pretty good, and it’s only the chewing problem that restricts her diet much.
Does anyone have any good ideas?