Dr. K. I had you in mind with this one... My father has found himself in a nursing home. He's only 62 but has been living with a traumatic brain injury since 1989. My husband and I used to bring him a lot of his groceries, so he had access to good butter, good tea, good meats and good soups (in house deli made). He's always had a mean sweet tooth, though I try to convince him to limit it when I can. He has a pretty sedentary lifestyle as he has some physical issues too from his accident. Brain is still pretty sharp, though he suffers from aphasia when trying to pronouce the words he is trying to say. (He knows what he wants to say, but can't always get it out - starts the word out ok then flows into incoherency).
he's been in a nursing home for just over a year, and gained about 30 lbs up to 236 or so. he's also been on a low dose of both Lexapro and Abilify that may or may not help stabilize his mood.
Anyways, I was wondering what the best steps to improve his overall health would be given the circumstances. Recommended protective supplements? I'm sure I'm not the only one with family in a nursing home. Anyone else care to relate experiences?