Working With Food Services Teams

Ordering Meal Prep Delivery For An Older Loved One

Do you have an older loved one who has been struggling to cook as much as they used to? Maybe they struggle to get out to the door and shop, and perhaps spending two hours in the kitchen to prepare dinner is just too much. Signing your loved one up for a meal delivery service can be a smart choice. Here are some guidelines to follow to ensure they get the most out of this experience.

1. Look for a service that offers easy-to-prepare meals.

These days, there are plenty of different meal prep services out there. Each one has its own goal or theme. Some, for example, aim to expose buyers to new cooking techniques and ingredients. Others are made for families with kids. For your older loved one, you want to look for a meal delivery service that specifically delivers easy-to-make meals. This way, you know your loved one won't be asked to employ any technical cooking methods that they are not capable of using. Look for meals that promise to take only 15 or 20 minutes to make. They might take your loved one a little longer than this, but they should still be relatively quick.

2. Choose meals that are familiar to your loved one.

You don't want your loved one to be turned off or intimidated by ingredients and dishes they are not used to. So make sure the meals you order are ones your loved one is familiar with. For example, if you know they used to make a lot of pasta dishes, ordering a meal kit to make a pasta dish is a good idea. If you are not sure they've ever cooked Asian cuisines before, a Thai kit is probably not a good choice.

3. Check-in after the kit is delivered.

After you know your loved one has received their first meal delivery kit, give them a call. Explain why you sent the kit, and see if they have any questions before they start making the meal. If you live nearby, you could even go over there and help them read the instructions and cook the first meal. Then, having already followed this process once with your help, they will have an easier time cooking subsequent meals.

Meal delivery kits can be really helpful for older adults who don't want to do a lot of grocery shopping or spend 3 hours cooking dinner. As long as you choose simple, familiar kits and walk them through the first one, your loved one should have a great time making the meals.

To learn more about meal prep delivery, contact a company near you.