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Easy Ways to Stay Healthy: The Importance of Hydration and Nutrition

17th June

17th June

Are you looking for ways to stay healthy?

Good nutrition is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and living as independently as possible in your senior years.

We celebrated Hydration and Nutrition week with our residents by looking at different ways to stay healthy, active, and hydrated during the summer months, and also at how we action this within our care homes to keep them fit and healthy.

If you’re looking to help your loved one make positive changes to their lifestyle, take a look at our top ways to stay healthy:

Discover The Magic of Movement

It’s important to keep your body moving as you get older; whether that’s through structured exercises or light, everyday activities.

Our Wellbeing Care homes have introduced specialist pedometers that track all movement, including small actions such as shoulder rolling, or even laughing.

The pedometers help our residents track their activity level and avoid a sedentary lifestyle. We’ve even created leaderboards to encourage some healthy competition amongst residents (even the board itself is situated near the rear of the building, so residents have to walk to see it!)

During the warmer months of the year, it’s healthy to try more activities outside. Our residents enjoy picking fruit for their homemade chutneys and walking outside with their ‘furry friends’ - including dogs and donkeys.

Frequent exercise helps your body stay strong and healthy, whilst improving your wellbeing, balance, and reducing the risks of various serious illnesses and diseases. By strengthening the heart, exercise can lower the risks of heart disease, as well as lowering your blood pressure and managing your cholesterol.

Improving your balance is beneficial, too, as it can help to reduce the risk of falls, meaning your loved one can remain as independent as possible.

Fun Ways to Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is essential for your health, and there are plenty of fun ways to do so. As well as drinking plenty of water, you can also hydrate yourself with other beverages, such as smoothies and herbal teas.

At our care homes, we’ve introduced a ‘hydration trolley’ which encourages our residents to get involved in the preparation and serving of drinks throughout the day. The trolley holds an array of drinking vessels in different shapes and sizes. This helps hydrate the residents that are involved in the “magic of movement” activity, as we can then offer non-spill, or other specially adapted cups, to meet each person’s requirements.

As well as drinks, we also encourage our residents to choose from our freshly prepared fruit platters, or take a shot of vitamin-packed berry blasts on the trolley. They can also pick smoothies or fruity milk straws for a fun way to rehydrate.

The drinks trolley has turned the process of hydrating into an activity itself: our residents help chop the fruit and help choose which flavour smoothies/vitamin blasts we make. This not only helps to encourage them to stay healthy, but it also gives them a confidence boost and helps them to feel involved, which is important for mental health.

This also provides our residents with a sensory experience, so everyone can get involved by testing the fruits and flavours before offering their opinion on which drinks their friends may enjoy.

Incorporating Different Food Groups into Your Diet

A nutritious diet refers to one that is carefully balanced. Including the correct proportions of each food group, as well as incorporating different varieties of each, is key to a healthy body and mind.

Slow-release carbohydrates such as wholemeal bread, rice, pasta and potatoes are a great source of energy, whilst meat and fish are excellent sources of protein. Fruits and vegetables contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals, whilst dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt help to improve your bone strength. Each food group in moderation will help your body to function optimally.

Our care homes value the quality and balance of the food they serve, with 5* dining across the board. It’s important for our residents to feel involved in the planning process of their menus, so we include their ideas and opinions when creating new dishes.

Getting Your 5-a-Day and the Importance of Vitamins

Making sure you get your 5-a-day is essential for optimal health.

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will ensure you consume a variety of vitamins, which helps to maintain a healthy heart, bones and brain.

The consumption of fruits and vegetables is also an effective way of hydrating the body since many of them have high water content. Fresh produce such as celery, cucumber, watermelon and grapefruit are amazing for the lubrication of joints and the expulsion of toxins.

In our care homes, we often serve fruit platters for our residents to enjoy. Creating stimulating food-focused activities for residents during the summer months is important for helping them stay active, as well as keeping them hydrated.

The fresh fruit platters give them a choice of different fruit textures, colours and flavours, and they can help to cut and serve the fruit, making it a fun and interactive way to stay hydrated.

For more information about nutrition, why not read our previous blog on the 5 essential food groups for optimal health?

Alternatively, contact us here to find out more about our care services.

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