It is always my hope that a holiday weekend will bring family and friends to those that I care for. Of course, for the most part, I am contracted to visit at least one of my wards over the holiday (not weekends however). I always wonder how they will eat when I am not there.
It depends on the family situation as to how the senior is fed, what foods are available and such. Some families feel that the senior can select their own foods based on their own biases, some feed them what they like, some say, ‘what the heck, they are old, let them eat to their heart’s desire,’ while a select few want their family member to maintain a healthy, balanced diet so that they are around and healthy as long as possible.
Good eating will do that for a person. If all they eat is sweets and pre-prepared foods, their bodies go into hyper-drive and they feel sluggish and not well. However, if they are getting all of the food groups in healthy ratios and then adding on a sugary snack (if not harmful to them), they most likely feel more alive and well.
When I am with my contracted people, I do whatever I can to ensure their health and well-being. If this means I cook, I am the happier for it! My job is to display that With Age Comes Respect. I only wish I could be sure the same is happening when I am away.