How Can Assist A Client With Eating If The Clien Is At The Stage Mild

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How Can Assist A Client With Eating If The Clien Is At The Stage Mild

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Nutritional problems are common in persons with dementia. Some individuals may not want to eat and others may not be able to feed themselves. Some may even forget how to chew and swallow. It is important that the individual get the proper nutrition in order to stay healthy and strong and prevent issues such as illnesses, infections, dizziness and falls. It is important to always be patient.

First, individuals with dementia should be encouraged to eat. They may have lost interest in eating or become easily distracted. You should provide foods that the person has always liked, and pick nutritious foods whenever possible. Bring the individual in or near the kitchen while foods are cooking-aromas a powerful appetite stimulator.

Second, make eating as easy as possible by organizing the food, plates, and utensils. Give only one food item at a time. A busy plate can be confusing. Use utensils that afford the person the best chance to have success at eating. For example, a spoon may be easier to use than a fork in getting food off the plate and up to the mouth. There are even weighted utensils that can be bought to help a person with dementia hold the fork or spoon independently. Pre-cut foods and finger foods are easiest to manage.

If a person with dementia has dentures, be sure the person uses their dentures during meals. Also, keep a drink ready during meals to help wash down each bite.