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My Loved One Refuses to Eat, What Should I Do?

My Loved One Refuses to Eat, What Should I Do?

It would be an understatement to say that there will be a lot of changes to your loved one’s lifestyle when he/she reaches a certain age. It can be quite difficult and disorienting to adjust to the changes that aging can bring to a person, especially since growing old is different for everyone.

Even from a young age, we were told to always watch what we eat since being careless about what we stuff into our mouths can be bad for our health. The same is given more emphasis as we grow older, the doctors put seniors on strict diets for the betterment of their health. If you find yourself facing the problem of your loved one unwilling to eat or maintain the diet that they have been prescribed with, TLC Senior HomeCare can help you out. On your part, here are four things you can try:

  • Talk to them

    Communication is always vital. Ask why they’re refusing to eat their food before launching into your talk about their health. Give them the chance to speak out and correct whatever misconception they may have regarding the food they’re eating because elderly people have the tendency to get paranoid. Be patient and be thorough as much as possible. If they still refuse to eat after the talk, read on.

  • Have a change of scenery

    Another thing that you can try out is to have a different ambiance when eating. Join your loved one for meals and instead of having it in the dining room, why not set out a table for two on the front porch or in your backyard? It can be refreshing for them especially if they usually stay cooped up inside their room.

  • Go out for a meal

    Spend the day outside with your loved one. Walk around the local park and drop by your favorite places to eat. Chances are, they’ll be so caught up with the break from the routine that they’ll forget about their hunger strike and eat whatever you order from them. Although, it’s best to make sure that they’re allowed to eat what you ordered for them. Just be mindful of the menu too.

  • Talk to their doctor

    Still not successful with the aforementioned tips? Then it’s time to pay a visit to the doctor. The fact that your loved one isn’t eating anything can cause serious damages to their health. Seek help from their doctor. If you go to the doctor alone the first time, make sure to bring your loved one the second time around. There’s a possibility that they’ll listen to a medical professional and not refuse to eat anymore.

If you want help with meal preparation for your senior loved one, ADL assistance, or other concerns involving healthcare at home in Broward County, Florida, we’ll be more than glad to answer to your needs. For more information, call us at 844-772-2730 or 844-SR-CARE-0.

TLC Senior Home Care is proud to announce that they have been selected as one of the 2017 Best of In-Home Care Award Winner on, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America.’s Best of 2017 Award winners represent the best of the best of in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers, based on the online reviews written by seniors and their families.

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