Simplifying the Busy Fall Season with Meal Planning

Sep 16, 2016   //   by Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO   //   Elder Care in Durham NC  //  Comments Off

Elder Care in Durham NC

The summer is winding down and the fall season is arriving. For many family caregivers this means that their schedules are about to get even busier and more hectic than they already were. If you are a member of the sandwich generationElder-Care-in-Durham-NC caring for your elderly parent and your children, the fall is a time when your children are going back to school, extracurricular activities are starting up again, and your thoughts are moving ahead to the upcoming holiday season. This can mean many more obligations and needs piled into your to-do list. One way that you can make this much easier on yourself and ensure that everyone who relies on you gets the most out of your care and efforts is using meal planning.


Meal planning is all about taking a little bit extra time once a week or even once every couple of weeks to plan the meals that you will prepare for your family. This can help your care efforts in many ways. Some of the ways that meal planning can simplify the busy fall season include:

  • Streamline shopping. Grocery shopping is an activity that you might not enjoy, but one that you have to do. You must shop for your family and for parent, and it can be time-consuming, especially if you are just purchasing items that you think that you might use. Meal planning allows you to know exactly what you need for each meal and snack that you are going to prepare. This streamlines your shopping so that it takes less time and helps you to save money.
  • Take advantage of seasonal items. Seasonal produce and even meats tend to be the most affordable as well as the most nutritious items in the grocery store. When you plan ahead you are able to take advantage of these seasonal items by working them into as many meals and snacks as you can.
  • DIY “fast food”. Rather than going through the drive-thru or reaching for those delivery menus when you are preparing meals for your family, create your own version of “fast food” by freezing meals ahead of time. Set aside a day to prepare casseroles, sides, and other dishes that you can put in the freezer. Then you are able to simply thaw and finish cooking when you are ready for a hot, healthy meal. This also allows you to know exactly what you are going to serve in advance so you do not have to think about it or add the stress of coming up with a meal on your busiest days.


If you are concerned that your elderly parent is not eating properly, or that your schedule is going to get busier during the fall and you may not be able to give them the level of attention, assistance, and support that they need, now may be the ideal time for you to consider senior care for them. A senor home care services provider can act as an extension of the care that you give them, filling in when it is best for your parent and for you so that you can both be confident that they are getting everything that they need. This can be exceptionally helpful in terms of making sure that they are eating right, staying active, and remaining safe even when you are not able to be with them.


If you or an aging loved one are looking for elder care in Durham, NC, call Helping Hands of America at (919) 632-8891. Call today!


Gavin Densmore, Founder, CEO

Founder and CEO at Helping Hands of America
Gavin Densmore is founder and CEO of Helping Hands of America LLC, Raleigh North Carolina’s oldest Senior Care agency, alocal niche patient-centric service provider toindividuals living in the Triangle of North Carolina.

Mr. Densmore has over 30 years of comprehensive sales and marketing experience including over 13 years of operational home care experience. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Marketing.

Mr. Densmore is active in many business and industry associations. He is a member of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board for the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern NC chapter. His home care agency is the agency of choice for the State of NC, Duke University and Duke Medical, UNC and UNC Healthcare, WakeMed hospital, Rex hospital, Duke/Raleigh Community hospital, and Duke Energy.He has been an invited speaker at several industry conferences and recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.

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