While Popo (my maternal grandmother) was completely taking Ensure® for her nutritional needs, my mum was using it to supplement her meals. At one point in time, my whole family was extremely concerned about Mum as she was losing weight very quickly and visibly gaunt. She was also losing muscle tone fast. This made her weak and unable to walk properly. As a result she was prone to falls!
We brought her to the doctor and started looking more closely at what and how she ate. I realized that eating is a very social activity. As many older persons often eat alone, they may not find the food appetizing or began to develop habits that may lead to malnutrition. Therefore, I started having more meals with Mum, chatting with her and encouraging her to finish all that was on her plate.
On top of that, we gave Mum a cup of Ensure® between meals (as part of her morning and afternoon tea) to increase her calorie intake. As Mum was picky about what she ate, giving her Ensure also gave me peace of mind that she was getting the vitamins and minerals she needed.
At times, Mum even refused to take the Ensure®! My Helper and I mixed it into her Milo. That’s one of my tips to you as a Caregiver. Understand what your loved one likes to eat and use Ensure as an ingredient in the preparation process. Since then, I’ve discovered some recipes that use Ensure®. And, I would like to share this one with you that I found on abbottadult.com.sg
Ensure® Life Salad of Poached Tiger Prawns
As my mum got better, she needed less Ensure®. But, for a while, we kept a can in the cupboard for days when she had little appetite for food. Now, she does not need it anymore, but I’ve added Ensure® and Ensure® recipes into my caregiving repertoire and I will use them again when needed.
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