I am the sole caregiver of my 84 yr old mother. Over the past 6 mo, her physical health has declined rapidly and the majority of it has to do with her nutrition.
Because she is so frail now, she finds it difficult to stand for long periods to "cook" and she refuses to use the microwave I bought her that allows her to just turn a dial.
This, and the fact she has dental issues, greatly limits what she can eat. She lives alone, but I visit her 3-4 times per week. She refuses to have outside help come in. When I visit, I usually prepare a hearty lunch and she eats it right up - so I know it isn't just her appetite that is keeping her from eating properly when I'm not there.
I tried Meals on Wheels, but she said she "got tired" of their meals and they would just pile up in her fridge and go to waste- so I cancelled the service so someone else could benefit.
I bought her some Ensure Plus that has extra protein and 350 calories per container, but she won't drink them.
Most of the time, she just opens several cans of vegetables, soup, or canned spaghetti for a meal, but I have no idea how much she is actually eating at each meal or during the day.
It just concerns me because she is definitely malnourished, but I am at a loss as how to improve this if she doesn't eat or take in enough nutrients. She has lost 10 lbs in 3 mo and down to 102 lbs.