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Elderly-friendly meals from Health Food Matters for elderly who have trouble swallowing - Sweet bunny

Caring for our elderly parents is only second to nature; filial piety is a virtue that many hold close to our hearts. Love and honouring our parents and giving them the best we can just as they have done when we were children is what many have on the mind as our parent's age.

                                     
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My mother passed on when I was 13 when there wasn't much I could do so when it came to my father, I strived to give him the best I could. As his cancer became more severe and he was on palliative care his appetite diminished, swallowing food became a daunting task for him. I wished I knew about Health Food Matters earlier rather than giving him ice cream and mashed up food for him not knowing if he was getting enough nutrition yes, he was drinking his supplement ensure milk but he was also getting very skinny, it wasn’t enough.

After extensive research online for food services, I finally found and contacted Health Food Matters, seeking urgent help for my father who was critically ill; he has stomach pains daily and was bedridden. I was afraid that he was going hungry and wanted him to have decent meals.



The Benefits of Meal Prep for seniors - Food has to look appetising and taste good as well to encourage the elderly to consume more than a couple of bites, the nutrition from food will help our loved ones stay healthy and strong. I wished I had known about Health Food Matters earlier rather than relying on catering food that wasn’t prep in the manner that was easy for my father to eat and chew. DeliSoft Meals are Halal certified naturally low in sugar ideal for diabetic, healthy and nutritious foods that are meticulously designed by the dietitian, chef, and food technologist from Health Food Matters.

                                    Health Food Matters prepacked food for elderly

Other factors to look out for elderly meal prep- Safety is most important as we wouldn’t want our loved ones to be exposed to contaminated food DeliSoft Meals use a special method of freezing to achieve this. The intricate balance of time and temperature is crucial to retain the delicate texture of our food, locking in the freshness and quality of the food as freezing is done as soon as the food is cooked. A love ones appetite might not be very good at the time food is being served during fixed meal times, being able to quickly prepare a meal for them when he or she is hungry according to their body clock would be an optimal way to ensure they get proper nutrition for the day.


It is best to contact Health Food Matters directly for more information as they are experts in their field and would be able to recommend the best meal plan and supplements for your loved one. The staff are helpful, kind and very knowledgeable on the dietary needs of an elderly person to the point where sometimes I wish the dietician in hospitals would offer a recommendation to the company directly rather than advising me to buy frozen dumplings to steam for my father or getting him to eat olive oil mixed with food.

Note:  Photos are posted with permission given from https://healthfoodmatters.com.sg/






ProSure Orange Powder for Cancer Induced Weight-loss -Sweet Bunny

 It is painful to watch your loved ones waste away from cancer-induced weight loss as they start to be less alert, forgetful and underweight, my father used to grumble to that "my brain now darn junk" when he struggles to recall what he wanted to say and was slowly lost all appetite, consuming food was a chore and daunting task.

He has been consuming Ensure milk ever since we found out about cancer it worked well for a couple of years but wasn't effective enough in proving him the nutrition that he needed.

I was determined to give my father the best I could, so did my research and found out about ProSure Orange Powder, also available in Vanilla Powder. I read many reviews online and yes the elderly can be a fussy bunch who prefer certain flavours such as orange "thankfully" or coffee. 


ProSure orange


The best milk to stop cancer-induced weight loss -  As I googled my way into searching for a solution, Abbott Prosure High Protein Powder - Orange was top of the list. This milk powder is specially formulated to promote weight gain, improve appetite, build or maintain lean body mass, Attenuate the proinflammatory response, supports immunity health, provides antioxidants. Has vitamin E & C, EPA, prebiotic fibre Fructooligosaccharid, contains high-quality protein and is lactose-free and gluten-free for lactose intolerance and has allergies to gluten.

EPA stops cancer induce weight loss - Studies have shown that EPA aids in Help promote weight gain, maintain lean body mass and immune response. ProSure has lower fats than other oral nutritional supplements and contains EPA Omega-three fatty acids. I have also read that our brain uses Omega-three to build nerves, My father was more alert and more or less to his dapper self.

Retailing at $30.50 for a small tin might be a pinch in the pockets for caregivers as the milk power is advised to be consumed twice a day to meet the optimum nutritional needs. I usually make my purchase at Unity and use the link points that I have earned while grocery shopping to offset the cost another vendor that I purchased from was Tong Hai Department Store, do drop them a call or Facebook message to check if they have stock.  380g Their prices are usually lower for medical supplies.  If you have memberships at Guardian and Watson  I believe you can offset the cost as well with your points but the trouble is not every branch carries the milk powered, an online order perhaps would be a better option if you purchase from the latter. In Shopee they have a coin reward system for purchases as well, to off set purchases.

Disclaimer- I am not a medical practitioner or qualified to give medical or dietary advice all that I have written is my personal opinion. Please consult a doctor.

All my post on eldercare is dedicated to my father David Koh, 1942-2020, the man who pushed me to be the best I can be, who never put down my ideas and always encouraged me in all that I chose to do. 

Trusted wheelchair seller - Sweet Bunny



It was the day before polling day 2019; my father was worried about how he would be able to walk downstairs to vote as he was very weak and barely able to walk short distances without feeling breathless. I suggested the purchase of a wheelchair for him, he was worried about the cost but when I did a quick google on the pricing and informed him that it would cost less than $200.00 he was ecstatic.

It was late afternoon by the time we decided to purchase the wheelchair, we needed the chair by that evening for him to use in the morning. Most of the companies I approached have a cut off timing of 5pm for same-day delivers and weren’t very helpful when I shared about my situation. My father had always been a strong individual with a fighting spirit he would refuse the idea of using the wheelchair for decades but due to the sudden deterioration of his heath, he knew that he would need the chair if he wanted to head out.

Where to get a foldable wheelchair in Singapore- My last resort was to look for a second-hand wheelchair, to my relief, there were brand new ones available on Carousell. I contacted a seller by the name of keeper_of_darkness05. Although his username may sound a bit on the scary side he was a very helpful, kind and meticulous. He asked about the weight of the users and after I explained that I needed the chair in the hurry he arranged for courier delivery for me and even gave my father a free walking stick. My father and I paid for the chair and the delivery charges and by late evening relieved the chair. The seller even sent me videos on how to open and close the chair and cautioned me not to fold down the top as I might not be able to place it back securely for my father. I couldn’t thank the seller enough for going out of his way to help us out. He was out but somehow managed to get a relative to help with the arrangements.

The wheelchair was lightweight and easy to fold and keep away, it was also sturdy and a breeze to push around. The most important part to remember is to release the breaks before you move and so the person does not get thrown off the chair and to lock the breaks when they embark so the chair does slide away. Make sure their feet are firmly on the footrest before you move. 

Light weight fordable wheel chair

foldable wheelchair



My father used the chair for a handful of events, a check-up with a physiotherapist, a trip to the barber and to the park and under the block to wait for the rain with my sister and me before he passed on in August last year. Kindness is never wasted, every bit counts and you never know how much it meant to the person who benefits for that one act of kindness.

A Frantic Search For Ensure Plus Coffee during the Covid19 Circuit Break - Sweet Bunny

This has to be the first time in my life that I encountered empty shelves in the supermarket, stability and peace should never be taken for granted. Overstocking food and essentials at home are just plain selfish actions, a me-first mentality is not the way to go. Especially at times like these, Covid-19 has really shaken the world. We should all be united and help one another instead of playing a finger-pointing game of whose fault the virus is. Lives are lost every day and most saddening part is the elderly are the most vulnerable group.


Photo by John Cameron on Unsplash


My family member who has cancer depends on the milk feed Ensure for daily nutrient. He does not have the appetite for food so the milk feed is a great supplement that keeps him from wasting away.

No stock of Ensure Plus Coffee till June 2020 - This was what I was told by my usual vendor Tong Hai Department Store. We were down to our last 5 bottles. My family member was adorable he kept telling me it is ok I will ration my milk feed. It doesn't help much that this is the only flavour that he likes but when you are sick and everything tastes like crap because your taste butts are messed up by the countless medications you have to take on a daily basis, I think is a small price to pay to get your love one something that gives them a bit of relieve.

Scouring the internet for elderly care supply vendors -  I went to several websites in my search for Ensure being sold in cartons of 30 bottles, A single bottle on its own retail at SGD$3.10. While a Carton of 30 costs from SGD$72.00 to SGD$81.00 about SGD$12.00 difference. I made sure the I looked through all the reviews to ensure each vendor I listed below had good reviews and minimal complains. I hope the list would be useful.


Tong Hai Department Store - $72.00/carton of ’30s Free Delivery for 3 Cartons

Rehab Mart -  $75.00 Free Delivery for above $150.00 purchases - very kind and responsible store check will all their physical store plus a warehouse for me and called me back on the same day.

Lazada Mall - 14 bottles at $33.40

National Health Care Group Pharmacy - $78.00 per carton 30 bottles of free delivery.
I managed to get 3 cartons which were the maximum that you are allowed to order from NHG Pharmacy, the also provided free delivery for purchases above SGD$150.00. Excellent service, they called an hour before they delivered the milk and the delivery guy was very helpful making sure that I could carry the stock into my home before he left.

Ntuc FairPrice Extra Hougang One  - I managed to get a few bottles at $3.10 to last the few days before my delivery arrived.


When I have a little extra, I always believe in giving it to the less fortunate, they need our support even more than ever now. https://www.giving.sg/ is an excellent portal to lend a helping hand during this epidemic. Instead of me myself and my own needs and wants. Let us help one another to get out of this dire situation united as one. Be a person of substance.








What Is A Bed Wedge Used For ?




I have a loved one who has a heart condition, who recently had trouble sleeping due to the cause of breathlessness when lying flat on the bed. Stacking a bunch of pillows or sitting up to sleep caused, even more, discomfort and was not a good solution to his sleep problems.

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It was a very unfortunate event that my family member was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year and an ostomy was done.