It’s National Personal Chef Day as this posts (who knew). There was a time where I thought a personal chef was a luxury reserved for only the rich and famous. While that may still be the case there are a number of services and entrepreneurs who make having a personal chef a reality.
Let’s face it, some of us (most of us) have been guilty of poor dietary choices. Poor dietary choices and options can be compounded for seniors who may be homebound, have limited mobility, or limited access to resources. Poor dietary choices can have direct effects on a senior’s health including death!
That may seem a bit drastic but not necessarily so when you consider the dietary restrictions required with some diagnoses including cardiac disease, and diabetes. Scott Strachan an RN and one of the owners of Abby Services was formerly CNA who worked as a private in-home caregiver. While doing in-home visits he would often see seniors who had poor diets simply because of a lack of options. According to Scott, “I would see a freezer full of TV dinners. These are ok every once in a while but are loaded with sodium, fat, and other things that can negatively affect a senior’s health.” Even things like canned soup which is seemingly healthy are packed with Sodium. The negative outcome of poor dietary choices was obvious while working in a Cardiac ICU when Scott would see patients who had diets high in sodium that directly led to the heart attacks they were being treated for.
In working with a personal chef a senior can make healthier choices. Most services deliver. Meals are often portioned out and can be frozen and saved to be reheated later. In Fort Myers one personal chef who is making a difference is Chef Eli with Eli’s Meals. You can follow her on Facebook here
You can also email Chef Eli at email@example.com for weekly menus and pricing details!.
Don’t forget, while not professional personal chef’s your private in-home caregiver can assist with meal preperation to help keep you and your loved ones safe, independent, and in their home.