Whether you are at home caring for a child with special medical needs or spending time with a loved one in hospice care, National Cookie Day is a great day to rediscover your love for baking and share a few laughs while you roll out some dough and transform your kitchen into a memory making spot. To help get your creative juices flowing, Salus asked our team in Utah to share some of their favorite cookie recipes. They came up with some great ones. Here are a few of many top picks.

Tips for Baking with a Child with Special Medical Needs

While baking is a fun activity that your child can certainly enjoy, there are some things to keep in mind in consideration of their special medical needs. Always place safety at the forefront during your time in the kitchen. Encourage your child to start with the simple tasks, like taking ingredients out of the refrigerator, measuring ingredients or adding items to the mixing bowl. While they might be anxious to help with more complex tasks like chopping and baking, make sure to provide them with the right supervision and assistance in consideration of your child’s medical condition and any limitations like shaky hands or difficulty standing at a warm oven.

Remember to take steps slowly. Use visual cues to help. For instance, if you need to use a rolling pin, have your child take one rolling pin while you take the other and show them what to do. With patience and support, baking can be a fun activity for you and your medically fragile child to enjoy.

Tips for Baking with a Loved One in Hospice Care

Baking with a loved one in hospice care poses a few different challenges. Your loved one’s condition might make them tire quickly, and standing or even sitting in the kitchen could be complicated. Think outside the box to involve them in the activity. For example, consider asking them to roll out dough on a bedside table. Or ask them to review the ingredients and help you prepare to shop before the baking begins.

The best option might be to do the baking yourself and then share a few cookies and a glass of milk with your loved one while you reminisce. Consider any dietary restrictions or challenges with chewing and swallowing when picking your recipe, and encourage your loved one to take small, slow bites if eating is in any way challenging. Consult with your doctor or hospice care nurse with any questions.

Throughout this holiday season, Salus Homecare of Utah wishes you and yours a joyous time. We hope that National Cookie Day and our delicious cookie recipes will inspire you to get in the kitchen and bake with someone you love.

If your family is in need of assistance supporting a child with complex medical needs or a loved one with a life-limiting illness, we are here to help. Contact us, and let’s take some time to discuss your family’s needs and goals.