How You Might Assist The Client With Eating If The Client Is At The Severe Stage Of Alzheimer's Disease?

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How You Might Assist The Client With Eating If The Client Is At The Severe Stage Of Alzheimer's Disease?

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For someone in the later stages of Alzheimer's disease, who may be having difficulty with chewing and swallowing, there are several things to keep in mind when it comes to nutrition issues. Be careful to avoid all possibilities of choking hazards by making sure all food is in small, bite-size pieces and that each piece is completely swallowed before offering the next piece. Make food easy to swallow by adding broths and sauces to keep it moist. Have a beverage handy so as to aid in swallowing the food. If chewing is a problem, try pureed food, canned liquid meals, or fruit and vegetable smoothies. Overall, be patient and calm, maintain eye contact, and take the time to sit and engage with the client. It is important to know that swallowing and chewing issues are common in persons with Alzheimer's disease, especially in the later stages. Swallowing problems, also known as dysphagia, can include coughing while eating or drinking, aspiration (not being able to cough up food or liquid that went down the wrong way), or a gag reflex. Discuss any eating issues with the physician, who may recommend a swallowing assessment by a speech therapist.