People’s palates change over the years. What they can eat freely changes as well. I used to be able to eat pizza, no problem. Now, not so much. How about your parents? Are you really tuned in to what they really like and don’t like and also are you familiar with what foods they are allergic to?
This can be very important when you are looking to move them into an assisted living facility. Are they used to eating certain foods? Ethnic foods? Are they able to accommodate this? Will it be important to your parents? When they get older, certain things will become less important and more important. If they move to an assisted living facility since all their meals will be prepared, this will be a very big deal.
Fortunately, for my mother, she moved to a facility where she LOVED the food. She would talk about the meals all the time, which was a good thing as there was not much else going on. I knew I could always start a conversation with “what were the dinner offerings today?” or “what did you have for dinner this week?”
She also surprised me with things that she liked and didn’t like. Also, because she was Japanese-American, my sister (mistakenly) assumed that she wanted to eat rice everyday and when she was moving to a memory care, unbeknownst to me had told the facility that she had to have rice daily. I knew that this couldn’t be further from the truth! She was pretty easygoing, as long as she had options and didn’t have to eat deep fried foods or spicy foods that she wasn’t a fan of, she was ok! This was great news for the facility to have and of course much easier for their kitchen staff.
The next time you are having a meal with your parents, see if they are open to trying something new. Ask them if they have gained any new allergies? What are their current likes and dislikes? Trust me, this will really help you even if they do not move, but you may have to one day start ordering meals or preparing meals and if you already have this information it will make everything so much quicker.
Leave a comment and tell me if any of their preferences surprised you!