If you’re living in a 55+ apartment in West Seattle, you’re not limited by the types of foods and meals you can enjoy (apart from potential COVID dining restrictions). You have numerous options available to you, whether you want to make a meal yourself or have someone else make it for you. And various options can take into account specialty dietary needs you may have while providing complete overall nutrition. Here at Daystar we want to share the variety of options that you may not even realize can make eating nutritious meals an easy and convenient task. Take a look at some meal options below for seniors in apartments in the West Seattle area.
Cooking on Your Own
With a fully equipped apartment kitchen, you can make any meal you want from scratch at home. You may want to cook family recipes you know by heart or follow recipes from cookbooks, blogs or YouTube videos. The internet has endless recipes offered for free, so you can quickly type into an online search engine any kind of food you’re in the mood for and learn how to cook it. You can even search for “cooking for one tips,” “heart-healthy meals,” “recipes for senior citizens” or other terms that apply to your unique situation.
Meal Delivery Services
Some meal delivery services provide the ingredients and steps to make a delicious meal on your own, while others do all the work for you and you simply heat up the meal. Many provide options to fit specialty diets, whether it’s for a health condition, a food allergy or a lifestyle choice such as being vegan. Plus, these services make cooking for one especially easy. When you’re wondering what should an elderly person eat with no appetite, these services can make it easier by providing options. Seniors can have choice over their meals and pick a different meal for each day to feel more excited about eating.
Meal Kit Deliveries
Companies like Hello Fresh, Blue Apron or Home Chef send meal kits delivered to your door. You receive all the ingredients needed to make the specific meal and the number of portions you requested, along with a recipe to follow to put everything together. This type of meal delivery service allows you to enjoy cooking and eating a fresh meal while avoiding hassles of buying the ingredients and wasting leftover ingredients. These services make cooking for one or two very easy, which makes them a good option for meal prep for seniors.
Prepared Meal Delivery
What services are available to help seniors eat solid healthy meals? How can I ensure my loved one is getting the nutrition they need?
You could set up meal deliveries that provide already-cooked meals you simply heat up. Good options for 55+ living are meal delivery services that specialize in cooking for seniors, such as Mom’s Meals or Silver Cuisine. Mom’s Meals makes meals designed by dietitians to provide proper nutrition for seniors and to meet dietary needs of specific health conditions. Silver Cuisine offers doctor-designed meals prepared by chefs that are made to fit nutritional needs of seniors, and it offers meals for specialty diets. These meal services for senior citizens make it simple for older adults to have well-balanced meals they quickly heat up and enjoy, with no cooking required.
Grocery Delivery Options
Services in the West Seattle area like Instacart or Amazon allow you to choose groceries online and have them delivered to your home. This method gives you all the ingredients you need to make meals from home without needing to go to the supermarket. You even have the option of purchasing meal kits from your local supermarket, which give you the ingredients and steps to put together a specific meal.
Dinners at Daystar
Another option is to have meals prepared for you by the staff at your 55+ senior apartment community. Dinners are available at Daystar when you make them part of your community package. Currently, there are some COVID dining restrictions, but these are changing as state regulations change and vaccinations are given.
When your loved one dines at Daystar, you don’t have to worry about questions like what are easy nutritious meal options for seniors as they grow older. Instead, you can leave that concern to the experts at Daystar, who specialize in cooking for the elderly. They consider the need for complete nutrition and variety with each senior weekly menu they put together.
Also, senior dining at Daystar brings the joy of socializing and eating with others. Not only does this provide a social activity that wards against isolation, it can encourage seniors with little appetite to eat. When you have the staff make your meals, you don’t have to worry about preparing your own meal and you get freshly prepared meals rather than reheated ones.
Dining at Daystar is one of the perks of living at Daystar’s Parkview Apartments, a 55+ senior apartment community in West Seattle that’s separate from independent or assisted living. Our apartment living and dining for seniors provides active living, nutritious meals, a convenient location in West Seattle and various amenities. Take a virtual tour to see our community, and contact us to learn more.