Sunday Dinner Pledge will aid Meals on Wheels
May 13–New research shows that half of surveyed families living near senior relatives feel they do not share enough meals with older loved ones, losing an important family connection, a senior care worker said.
“Sometimes for seniors, it’s not what’s on their plate that matters most at mealtime — it’s who is at the table with them,” said Robert Morris, owner of the Oklahoma City Home Instead Senior Care office. “When seniors share meals with a companion, they have a better mealtime experience, both nutritionally and emotionally.”
Almost 75 percent of the people surveyed said they only sit down for a family meal with senior loved ones for special occasions, events or holidays. They say a big part of the problem is not having enough time or having conflicting schedules, according to a news release.
To encourage families to make time for meals, the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation will donate $1 to Meals on Wheels America, up to $20,000 total through July 31, for each person who commits to regularly scheduling family dinners at SundayDinnerPledge.com.
Pledging to have a sit-down dinner with loved ones will help ensure other seniors will have a quality meal through the Meals on Wheels program.
“We hope families will make the pledge to either revive or begin new mealtime traditions with their senior loved ones,” Morris said. “This small commitment can have a big impact on a senior’s well-being.”
To help families across the country host their own Sunday dinners, Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with celebrity chef and mother of four Melissa d’Arabian to develop easy, nutritious recipes. Additional resources include tips for how to involve seniors in meal planning and preparation, pre- and post-dinner activities and meal plans for healthy, inexpensive meals that all generations can enjoy.
For these free resources and more information on how you can bring back the Sunday dinner and reconnect with senior loved ones, go to www.SundayDinnerPledge.com or call Home Instead Senior Care at 521-1963.
ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE
Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care network provides personalized care, support and education to help enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, Home Instead is the world’s leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises that are estimated to annually provide more than 50 million hours of care throughout the United States and 16 other countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ approximately 65,000 CAREGivers worldwide who provide basic support services that enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. The Home Instead Senior Care network strives to partner with each client and his or her family members to help meet that individual’s needs. Services span the care continuum – from providing companionship and personal care to specialized Alzheimer’s care and hospice support, to offering family caregiver education and support. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while striving to provide superior quality service.
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To contact Home Instead Senior Care, please use the following phone numbers:
Edmond – (405) 285-5510
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