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Mar 23, 2011 07:34 AM

Non-refridgerated Food for Senior

I am trying to find a way to make sure my 80 year old Mother gets a decent lunch. I need to know what can be set up in advance (plate of food) that can sit on her table for her to eat for as long as 2-3 days. No cooking, no microwave, no hard to chew items. She is diabetic (still needs some sugar) and can not chew well.
I know that honey/peanut butter is fine & tons of condiments, but would like to get lunches ready ahead of time & leave them for her to eat when she gets hungry.

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  1. May I ask why they would have to sit on the table, rather than being in the refrigerator? If they can be kept cold, your options are huge.

    1. If she cannot feed herself, open containers, heat items from the refrigerator, make a sandwich or boil water, she should not be living alone.

      Diabetics need to have food at regular intervals. Meals on Wheels provides that service for many elderly.

      Please consult a nutritionist or her physician or some professional. This public board is not a place you should be consulting for proper nutrition.

      1. Why does the food have to sit out for 2 or 3 days?

        Couldn't you make several sandwiched for her in advance, wrap them, and put them in the refrigerator or in a cooler for her? You could set her up with fruit, individually wrapped snacks (like they sell for kid's lunches), drinks, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, pudding, that kind of stuff. She wouldn't need to cook or heat a sandwich. Or even fried chicken and potato salad, There's nothing wrong with cold chicken.

        If that's too hard to chew, what about an assortment of salads, like egg, tuna, chicken, or shrimp, and some soft rolls?

        1. Do you have a Meals on Wheels in your city? They deliver a hot meal at noontime and usually a sack lunch that they will put into the frig. It may not be the tastiest food in the world, but it is hot and made that morning, and will be delivered by someone who cares about their clients.

          1. Actually, I have another question.

            If the lunch needs to sit out for 2 or 3 days, who is making breakfast and dinner?