BERLIN, Md. – Home Instead of Senior Care offers a new way to stay healthy and social. You start a new program called the Companionship Diet. The idea is to encourage families to share a meal with their loved ones in nursing homes and elderly care facilities. “We know that having a companion or interacting with someone else while eating can reduce the negative aspect of inadequate nutrition and, of course, keep you mentally and physically busy,” says Crystal Heiser, Homestead Nursing Advisor.

They do this by providing free recipes and tips on how to make cooking a fun and connecting experience. Heiser says the need for these connections became particularly evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We found that a good portion of our seniors became very, very isolated, and of course isolation meant skipping meals. They weren’t eating adequate meals, ”said Hoarse.

Hoarsely also says 47ABC that if you can’t manage to eat in person with your older loved ones, even lifting the phone can help. “Even if you just pick up the phone and talk to your family member while you eat, it encourages you to keep eating. It gives you a certain foundation for a really meaningful conversation, the separation, ”said Heiser.

The Companionship Diet is not just reserved for seniors who are being cared for by Home State Senior Care. For free recipes and other resources, Click here.