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Easy keeping portable food for hospice visits
« on: December 17, 2019, 06:20:17 PM »
Dad has been admitted somewhat suddenly. Hospice guidelines ask family to bring-in or order-in food. Frugal Mom will not want to order in. I want to lower the burden and encourage her to eat healthy meals. She will likely extend hospitality to other family and friends visiting.

I live 2 hours away from the hospice. Refrigeration will be limited/shared.

Can you share your ideas?  Links to recipes helpful but not necessary. I know how to cook. Iím just flustered.


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Re: Easy keeping portable food for hospice visits
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2019, 06:49:28 PM »
Is there a microwave available for family use? If so, cans of soup or shelf-stable pouches (I'm thinking of the Tastybite curry pouches but there are probably others) would work. If not, maybe pouches of tuna and crackers. Fresh fruit will keep for a few days. Nuts are calorie dense. Bread and peanut butter will keep.

Also, this may be a good opportunity for people outside the immediate family to help out. When my best friend's mother-in-law was in hospice, I took meals to the hospice facility for the family. If anyone asks how they can help, that's a good, specific task that will take the burden off of you.

I'm so sorry about your dad. I hope hospice brings some comfort and peace to all of you.

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Re: Easy keeping portable food for hospice visits
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2019, 06:59:02 PM »
I am so sorry about your dad. I would hesitate to insist on adding to your burden at this time unless you're the type that needs to be doing things to help deal with stress/worry.

Don't completely rule out an occasional meal from a restaurant during this time. There are always healthy options to order out at most restaurants, so I'd look at a few close to the location and check menus online to see and then write out a few sample orders you can run by her as a fill-in if no one feels like cooking at any point. Having the order, phone number on a few cards, or easily emailed list could be a great help too. She can then just say she doesn't feel like dealing with food prep/ordering and just say "pick a card" or similar to someone else to handle. Definitely don't be shy about asking friends/relatives to help out with food if they offer.

When you say refrigeration is limited/shared, what does this mean? Is this for your mom at her home, or for both parents, while she's visiting him in hospice?

A few easy suggestions:

No cook/refrigeration options:
Seasoned tuna or chicken pouches with crackers.
Canned healthy soups
Organic/no sugar added applesauce or fruit cups
Some brands of instant oatmeal AND protein bars (check labels as some of them have really high sugar/sodium)
Beef jerky, raisins, mixed nuts.

Some assembly/cooking/fridge:
Soups, heated at home and added to thermos.
Beans with rice, with whatever veggies/spices appeal to everyone. This is filling, delicious and healthy.
Whole chickens are easy to cook, and frozen bagged veggies that can be microwaved/steamed in bag are a quick way to get super healthy, easy meat and veg meal. I also do chicken drumsticks either in the oven or slow cooker with some spices and then throw them in a container.

If any of this meal stuff is happening away from home, double check that salt/pepper is available along with basic plates/bowls/utensils. Sucks to be in a workroom/kitchen area that has the basic sink/microwave counter area and nothing whatsoever to work with.

I do a chicken and dumplings mostly because it's comfort food and I make it sort of from scratch, but with a super cheat: I use homemade chicken stock, lots of peas and carrots and white chicken breast (either canned or frozen pre-cooked chunks for quick prep if I don't have freshly cooked chicken on hand) and then I make the dumplings by using the can o' biscuits and flatten them out, cut them with a pizza cutter into small strips, dredge them through a bit of flour and then drop them into the simmer/boil broth, and then once they puff/float, turn down the heat to low simmer and add in a bit of flour stir as needed til the broth turns to gravy. Salt/pepper as needed.


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Re: Easy keeping portable food for hospice visits
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2019, 09:15:59 AM »
For this, I would say use money as a tool and buy/order in.

You're flustered, the 2-hour drive will take its toll, don't make this more complicated. Use your time to spend with family instead of worrying/fretting about cooking. A lot of grocery stores have rotisserie chickens for around $5 (usually cheaper than the raw ones), pre-made salads and sandwiches. If a few people share the meal, the per-person serving comes pretty cheaply. They also have pretty decent deli foods if you're not all up for the food at the hospice.

Sorry about your dad :(


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Re: Easy keeping portable food for hospice visits
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2019, 09:51:16 AM »
Don't forget that your normally frugal mother may be completely overwhelmed and not notice what is being done re food. I would try to ensure that someone is with her to handle whatever she doesn't have to.


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Re: Easy keeping portable food for hospice visits
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2019, 12:12:19 PM »
For this, I would say use money as a tool and buy/order in.

Sorry about your dad :(

ITA. This is what money is for. Just tell Mom not to worry about it. If you want, you could set up a food train and people could donate GC to restaurants, or uber cash, grub hub, etc and then it wouldn't "cost" so much.


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