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Senior Living Insurance: Serving the Nutritional Needs of the Elderly

Senior Living Insurance: Serving the Nutritional Needs of the ElderlySenior Living Insurance: Serving the Nutritional Needs of the Elderly

Working in the senior living industry, you likely know how important nutrition is to the health and wellbeing of senior citizens. Malnutrition in the elderly is actually often under diagnosed, so careful nutritional assessment is necessary, especially for those residents who may be in charge of their own meal planning.

Good nutrition keeps muscles, bones, organs, and other body parts strong for as long as possible. Eating vitamin-rich food boosts residents’ immunity, and fights illness-causing toxins. A healthful diet reduces their risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, bone loss, cancer, and anemia.

In addition to helping the elderly live longer and stronger, key nutrients found in healthful foods are essential for the brain to do its job. People who eat a selection of brightly colored fruit, leafy vegetables, and fish and nuts packed with omega-3 fatty acids can improve focus and decrease their risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Wholesome meals will overall help your residents feel more energetic, and potentially happier.

When it comes to nutritional problems among residents of nursing homes, the most common are weight loss and related protein energy malnutrition. It’s important to note though, that the causes of this are not typically from the food choices offered by facilities, but rather by the effects of depression or side effects of medications. It’s important to recognize any underlying causes that may be at play if you do have a resident who does not seem to appear nourished.

At DigniCARE, we understand the importance of the health and well-being of your senior living facility residents. We created our  insurance and risk management program specifically for the senior living industry, which encompasses innovative solutions for assisted living facilities,independent living facilities, nursing homes, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC). Please contact us today at (855) 883-6306.

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