Eating right is important at every age, but as we get older it is even more important to stay on top of your nutritional requirements to maintain good health. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, seniors need more calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 than younger adults.
Calcium and vitamin D help maintain strong and healthy bones
Vitamin B12 helps prevents anemia and fortifies the blood and nerve cells
One of the effects of losing physical mobility is the ability to shop for fresh foods and cook meals to keep a balanced diet as regularly. The Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, also known as CDPAP, can help the elderly and disabled by ensuring proper nutrition is maintained in your senior years.
One common type of home health caregiver is the home health aide (HHA). HHAs often cannot commit the proper amount of time needed to shop or cook for a home-bound patient. Personal assistants (PA) hired through the CDPAP program, on the other hand, can manage these needs. PAs are available to assist with activities of daily living (ADLs). ADLs are tasks that contribute to the overall well-being of the person in their care, such as meal preparation, bathing, assistance running errands, personal grooming, and light housekeeping.
One significant advantage of hiring a PA through a CDPAP agency is that the patient gets to choose who they want to hire to be their PA. The patient can even hire a family member, relative, close friend, or neighbor to be their caregiver — someone familiar with their habits, preferences, and comforts. Additionally, CDPAP PAs do not need any licensing or certification to become a caregiver.
PAs may be given responsibility for overseeing specific details of your daily nutritional and dietetic needs to help ensure the following:
Meals are eaten at appropriate times
There is sufficient fluid intake throughout the day
Nutritional supplements are taken on time
Optimal weight is maintained
Doctors’ visits are scheduled
The PA can ensure that the patient is getting all their vitamins, nutrients, and eating ideal foods to help maintain their good health.
Don’t let your age discourage you from healthy living and eating. If there was ever a time to take control of your health and maintain proper nutritional and eating habits, the time is now. Contact a CDPAP agency today and a CDPAP specialist will answer all of your CDPAP questions. They will guide and advise you through all the steps of the CDPAP enrollment process and help you fill out CDPAP forms to begin services as soon as you can.