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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Tips to overcome mealtime frustrations...

Mealtime with an Alzheimer's patient can be stressful and challenging, to make sure the patient gets sufficient nutrition. To help mealtime go more smoothly consider the following:

Serve meals in a quiet environment with no distractions.
Clear the table of everything but basic utensils and dishes; keep dishes plain rather than with bright colors or patterns.
Make sure the food isn't too hot.
Serve only one or two foods at a time, and make an effort to honor the patient's food preferences.
Have meals together, and don't rush the meal.
Be understanding if the patient can't remember already having eaten.

Above all else, try and be patient

1 comment:

  1. For some reason it hadn't occured to me how difficult everything must be for an Alzheimer's patient. Especially at mealtime. These tips wil be great for the people that I know who suffer with the disease...I work with senior citizens every day, helping them cover the out of pocket gaps brought on by government Medicare. Unfortunately, many of my clients have been diagnosed. I will definitely pass this information along. Thanks again.


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