Home Care Assistance Caregiver Culinary Training Improves Senior Health
Exclusive classes with Sur La Table provide caregivers with important nutrition tips.
Seattle, CA (PRWEB) August 02, 2013 - Home Care Assistance, the premier live-in senior care agency in the Seattle area, is now offering culinary training classes to all its caregivers. These innovative classes are being taught at Sur La Table in Kirkland. Caregivers learn how to prepare delicious and healthy meals for their clients. At the most recent class, Sur La Table Resident Chef John Neumark taught the group how to cook a variety of different recipes, ranging from lemon-thyme halibut filets to a classic French omelet.
“Eating right is important at every age, but especially as we get older,” said Anna Davis, the Regional Director of Home Care Assistance. “Too many seniors are not getting the proper nutrition their bodies need. By training our caregivers to prepare healthy meals for our clients, we’re ultimately helping to improve our clients’ quality of life.”
A healthy diet is an important component of Home Care Assistance’s proprietary Balanced Care Method™. Created by Dr. James Johnson, Co-Founder of Home Care Assistance and a geriatric PhD with extensive senior care experience, this unique program promotes healthier and longer lifespans among people of all ages. Based on scientific studies of the world’s healthiest seniors, the Balanced Care Method captures five key behaviors correlated with healthy longevity: healthy diet, physical exercise, active social ties, mental stimulation and a sense of purpose and calm. Caregivers are professionally trained to incorporate each area of the method in daily care to ensure that the same caliber of care is provided to clients across the globe. For example, caregivers have access to healthy meal preparation training through the company’s online Home Care Assistance University. Home Care Assistance also recently published a cookbook, Comfort Foods: A Healthy Twist on Classic Favorites, which provides healthy, tasty alternatives to traditional dishes, such as a “fried chicken” baked with a corn flake crust.
“To truly fulfill our mission to change the way the world ages, it’s important to not only educate our staff and clients on healthy aging and wellness, but to also provide this knowledge to our communities,” said Lily Sarafan, President of Home Care Assistance. “We believe that empowering people to be proactive and informed when it comes to their health will lead to them making better health decisions, ultimately improving their quality of life.”
In addition to education around nutrition, Home Care Assistance caregivers are also trained to promote physical activity among their clients, tailored to client mobility and preference. Consistent exercise has been shown to delay memory loss, slow cognitive decline and muscle atrophy and boost mood and mental wellbeing. Home Care Assistance clients tend to not only maintain their physical statuses, but to improve and thrive through the program.
A thorough intake and continued client monitoring enable care managers to develop personalized care programs that incorporate client preferences, personality and history. For example if a client expresses a love of music and values active membership in community groups, a care manager would format a care plan with a dedicated focus on facilitating social ties and active engagement with music (creating, listening, discussing, etc.).
The Balanced Care Method is unlike any other care program in its tailored and research-based approach to longevity. The focus on overall wellbeing results in clients and caregivers reporting higher degrees of satisfaction and fulfillment, and is sure to continue setting the benchmark for excellence in the industry.
For more information about Home Care Assistance Seattle, visit http://www.HomeCareAssistanceSeattle.com or call the office at 425-453-1015.
About Home Care Assistance
Home Care Assistance is the leading provider of home care for seniors across the United States and Canada. Our mission is to change the way the world ages. We provide older adults with quality care that enables them to live happier, healthier lives at home. Our services are distinguished by the caliber of our caregivers, the responsiveness of our staff and our expertise in Live-In care. We embrace a positive, balanced approach to aging centered on the evolving needs of older adults. A 2013 Franchise500® Company, Home Care Assistance has received numerous industry awards including Entrepreneur’s Fastest-Growing Franchises and Franchise Business Review’s Top 50. For more information about Home Care Assistance, our services and franchise opportunities, visit homecareassistance.com or franchise.homecareassistance.com.
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