May 5, 2015
Research conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, indicates that the frequency of sit-down dinners with senior relatives has decreased for a majority of families. Half of surveyed families feel they do not have enough sit-down dinners with their senior relatives who live near them. Only four of 10 (39%) families with senior relatives living close by currently share Sunday dinners on a multigenerational level. Conflicting schedules (52%) and time constraints (40%) were reported as the biggest barriers to having regular, weekly sit down meals with a senior loved one.
Even though they may not always act on the information, families to understand that sharing meals can help to improve a senior’s quality of life. The vast majority of North American families surveyed who have senior relatives feel that shared sit-down family dinners could help seniors deal with loneliness (87%), loss of friends or loved ones (81%), depression (80%), health issues (71%) and poor diet (69%), and encourage seniors to share any problems they may have (78%). Respondents overwhelmingly agreed that eating with multigenerational family members is a good way to reconnect and build stronger bonds among younger and older family members.
Survey results indicate that families are looking for motivation – such as an online personal pledge – and resources to help make regular Sunday dinners with their senior loved ones a part of their routine. The overall general desire is to share home cooked dinners, which prompted a call from families for easy, inexpensive meals for all generations to enjoy. Data from the Home Instead Senior Care survey demonstrate that for most seniors, it’s not what’s on their plate that matters most at mealtime – it’s who is at the table. That’s the message the Home Instead Senior Care franchise network is sending through its participation in the Sunday Dinner PledgeSM program. Through a set of initiatives and resources, the network is educating families about the importance of companionship at mealtime and encouraging families to take the Sunday Dinner Pledge and schedule regular meals with the seniors in their lives.
Download the full "Sunday Dinner Pledge" Executive Summary U.S. Survey Results (PDF 1.3Mb) or the full "Sunday Dinner Pledge" Executive Summary C.A. Survey Results (PDF 1.3Mb)
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