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Thread: Meals for Elderly Father

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    a regular here Demshine's Avatar
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    Has anyone used Magickitchen.com for home delivered meals?

    I have been cooking for my elderly father for about a year now, and am looking for an alternative. He doesn't cook, and has no interest in learning (he's 84 years old).

    Breakfast and lunch are under control, it is dinner that we are trying to figure out. My 2 sisters and I are going to have him over for dinner a couple nights...but doesn't anyone else have any ideas?

    Oh, one sister is vegan. The other sister would rather go out to eat than cook.

    Thanks for any ideas! :roll:

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    Cook meals ahead, freeze them so DD can shop through his freezer and microwave his dinners? :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Cook meals ahead, freeze them so DD can shop through his freezer and microwave his dinners? :D:D:D
    That's what I've been doing for over a year now. Looking to get out of the "job" of doing this. His freezer only holds about 24 single serving freezer containers = 3 weeks of food. So I'm cooking every three weeks :?

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    What a nice daughter :thumbup: A big chore, so hopefully you can come up with a better solution.

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    You may have local options that are less pricey. There is a local company where people can go to create several meals in a couple of hours. It's set up assembly-line style. Here is a link to one in our area:
    http://www.letsdish.com

    There may be one with an option to create individual meals.

    I think this would be considerably less expensive than having meals shipped in. The three sisters could take turns once a week going in and assembling a week's worth of meals for your Dad.

    Edit: I started looking at some of the details on the website, and I see that they have ready-mades. That might be an even better option for you. I think at this particular place they change the menu every week.

    Disclaimer: I haven't actually done it, but I know this place has been in business for about 5 years now so there must be lots of other people that use it!

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    At his age does he have any contact with the services? Maybe he would qualify for some extra help from them, and take a little of the responsibility off you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    You may have local options that are less pricey. There is a local company where people can go to create several meals in a couple of hours. It's set up assembly-line style. Here is a link to one in our area:
    http://www.letsdish.com

    There may be one with an option to create individual meals.

    I think this would be considerably less expensive than having meals shipped in. The three sisters could take turns once a week going in and assembling a week's worth of meals for your Dad.

    Edit: I started looking at some of the details on the website, and I see that they have ready-mades. That might be an even better option for you. I think at this particular place they change the menu every week.

    Disclaimer: I haven't actually done it, but I know this place has been in business for about 5 years now so there must be lots of other people that use it!
    Great idea, only too far away :cry:

    I'm in California ---west coast. Looked on the website, and they don't offer an option for delivering/mailing the meals and no stores at all in California.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    At his age does he have any contact with the services? Maybe he would qualify for some extra help from them, and take a little of the responsibility off you?
    the only thing I found was "meals on wheels" which delivers meals to his house...but he has to be homebound and unable to drive ----- which he is not.

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    Does he qualify for meals on wheels???

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    Found this that might help you locate a similar business near you:
    http://www.easymealprep.com/main/direct01.php

    Did a control/f on California and found 11 matches (with some of those having a chain of stores). This will at least give you some names to check out.

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    Fresh and Easy has some pretty good prepared meals that can be microwaved. Also, you might find some suitable options from Trader Joes, Costco, or Whole Foods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Does he qualify for meals on wheels???
    No, he is pretty healthy. He has to be housebound and unable to drive in order to qualify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Found this that might help you locate a similar business near you:
    http://www.easymealprep.com/main/direct01.php

    Did a control/f on California and found 11 matches (with some of those having a chain of stores). This will at least give you some names to check out.
    I checked out that site, there are two in my area. 1 is closed (it says "for now"...whatever that means :roll: and the other just offers easier ways to prepare meals..not prepared and just reheat.

    Thanks for the info though :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfmikelson
    Fresh and Easy has some pretty good prepared meals that can be microwaved. Also, you might find some suitable options from Trader Joes, Costco, or Whole Foods.
    Fresh and Easy sounds like a good option, but they don't have any stores in my area just yet. I heard there is one opening in July though.... :thumbup: :lol:

    Trader Joes might have some good options as well.

    My father also has heart problems and has to watch his sodium intake - 2000 mg per day or less :-( Some of the prepared meals these days have almost that in one serving :!: But I will be on the lookout to see what I can find for about 500 mg per serving.

    Thanks for the ideas! :thumbup: :lol: :thumbup: :lol: :thumbup: :lol:

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    I really don't have any different ideas for meals but I do have a suggestion/warning for you. I was makig and freezing meals for my MIL in addition to buying her the soups and other canned food that she liked. It took me awhile to figure out that she was no longer able to figure out the microwave and was putting the food out for feral cats that roamed around her house. When I was cleaning out her house after she went into an assisted living situation, I found 5 pans that she had burned food to a black crisp in and tossed under the kitchen sink. So try to assess how he is doing with those kinds of task as he continues to age. Good luck in your search.

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    I don't know how Picky he is but there r some frozen meals that r lower sodium. Dh needs low sodium and I found a few. When u make ur own meals can't u freeze small portions of it in ziplock bags to take over. U could freeze 2 of each keep I to use for later. Ur sisters won't come over and have girls day and help make meals once a month?

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    I am just curious, what would he do on his own? Would he not eat, or eat junk food?
    It sounds like he is in pretty good shape mentally if he is still driving. Does he do his own shopping?

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    What about hiring someone to go in and cook an hour or so aday? or a few days a week it would give him companionship and a fresh face to tell all those stories to. what I make for dinner there is usually enough left over for lunch.

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    Have you considered:

    http://www.angelfoodministries.com/

    They offer individual frozen meals. The food is good also. They have sites across the US.

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    We have a huge Sunday dinner every week with MIL and FIL. I cook tons of food and send them leftovers home. They do not mind leftovers and manage to get 2 more meals out of them. I sometimes cook an extra dish that i don't put out for dinner so they can have something different one night. Also when my MIL was in the hospital we had to deliver dinner to FIL about every night. He eats early and I get home from work to late to feed him. I would cook one night, put his dinner in the fridge, then the next night that one got delivered to him as I was cooking again. Some meals don't stand up to that and we had to think about what we were cooking. Its very hard to do on a long term basis. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfmikelson
    Fresh and Easy has some pretty good prepared meals that can be microwaved. Also, you might find some suitable options from Trader Joes, Costco, or Whole Foods.
    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    We feed MIL and she pretty much eats what we eat (as long as I portion hers out before I add the pepper!). I like to cook some "staples" of our diet in quantity and freeze so that I don't have to make a meatloaf (for ex.)every time we want one.

    In my freezer I keep meatloaf,spagetti sauce, chili meat, steak in gravy, beef stew (MIL fav), pock chops/green beans in mushroom soup, ham/bean soup, turkey meat/broth for pot pie or soups and (NOT for MIL) shredded chicken/sauce, shredded beef/sauce and chili verde. And usually 2-3 kinds of soups.

    I try to do a crockpot of something as soon as I finish the last one from the freezer. Sometimes I have a kitchen day and make up 2-3 big batches of food for the freezer.

    I guess I just have trouble with your comment about HAVING to cook every 3 weeks as I cook nearly every day (and like to). But the way that I cook means a majority of dinners don't require much time as it starts with something from my freezer. Likng to cook doesn't mean that I WANT to spend a lot of time on it all the time :-)

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    We make our own TV dinners.... out of this and that we have left over ( we do this for when we travel in our camper... so we don't have to cook whiel traveling)

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    Schwan icevream now sells frozen meals and delivers them right to your house. Sorry I don't know what they cost but if their food is as good as their icecream it minght be a though. You can Google them and find out what they have

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    Our local grocery store has a delivery option with a pretty expansive deli/prepared meal section...meatloaf, cabbage rolls, chicken dishes, etc. different every day. Perhaps your store has one too.

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