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Making mealtimes easier

Family members and caregivers play an important role in identifying eating-related problems of those with dementia. Mealtimes can be made easier by implementing a variety of strategies that promote independence.

These are six common problems and solutions:

Cognitive issues: include the inability to express needs or desires. Sometimes they forget to eat or are unable to distinguish food from the plate as a consequence of changing visual and spatial abilities.

  • Solution: Set an alarm clock or a phone call as a useful reminder for mealtimes. Snacks that don’t need to be refrigerated can be left out where they are easily seen.  Use contrasting plates with placemats.  Remember to keep water or another beverage within sight.  Your loved one might not always be able to tell you when they are thirsty.

Physical problems: include the inability to hold and use utensils; proper posture; fatigue; vision impairment; decreased depth perception; mouth sores; gum disease; dry mouth; poorly fitting or missing dentures; chewing or swallowing problems (dysphagia); and inability to move food inside the mouth.

  • Solution: Finger foods can be a nutritious and easy alternative, enabling a continued level of independence. If the person’s head tilts backward, move it to a forward position while allowing them to eat at their own pace.  You can also use double hand-under-hand to simulate the motion of the person feeding themselves.  This often is the most effective approach.

Menu-related concerns: include an overwhelming amount of choices; unappealing food presentations, smells, flavors, or textures; and foods that from the individual’s personal, cultural, or religious preferences.

  • Solution:  Keep long-standing personal preferences in mind when preparing food.  Understand that new food preferences usually develop. Simplify mealtime by serving one dish at a time.  Whenever possible, engage the care recipient in the process.  Let them express their likes and dislikes and adjust the offerings accordingly.

Lack of physical activity: can decrease appetite.

  • Solution: Encourage simple exercise, such as going for a walk, gardening, or washing dishes.  If your loved one is enrolled in a physical therapy session, try to incorporate the physical therapy suggestions.

Environmental issues: can be noise, visual stimulation, poor lighting, and temperature.  These  all have an effect on your loved one’s ability to eat.

  • Solution: Try serving meals in quiet surroundings, away from the television and other distractions. Keep the table settings simple. Avoid any table arrangements that may distract or confuse the person.  Use only the utensils needed for the meal.  Vision changes for all older adults, but especially for those living with dementia.  Remember that you will need to approach from the right angles in order for them to see you.

New medications or a dosage change may affect appetite.

  • If you notice a change, call the doctor.

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It is common for individuals in later stages of dementia to lose a considerable amount of weight. Physiological changes associated with aging, such as decreased thirst and hunger perception, can further complicate nutrition and hydration status in dementia patients.

 

It is important to address a decreased appetite while still making the most of your loved one’s abilities. Adapt recipes to enable self-feeding abilities at mealtimes, These are important opportunities for them to make choices.

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Home Health Care in Chadds Ford, PA

NursePartners is dedicated to providing the best home care services for you and your family. We provide the following in-home services in Chadds Ford, PA.  Services can be added or modified as needs change.


Chadds Ford, PA Personal Care

  • 5Bathing, Grooming, and Hygiene
    NursePartners Certified Nursing Assistants help clients look and feel their best.  Services enhance clients’ mental and physical well-being, helping them feel positive about their appearance.  Bathing relaxes clients, stimulating circulation, while cleaning the skin.
  • Mobility Assistance
    We assist clients with mobility, helping them stay active.  Physical health benefits of activity include increased energy, a stronger heart, lower blood pressure, improved digestions, and restful sleep. Activity improves mood, relieves stress, and increases alertness.
  • Transferring and Positioning
    Our Certified Nursing Assistant’s expertise lies in caring for the aging population.  We are experienced to move and place clients in correct posture position to promote health, safety, and the proper functioning of the body’s many systems.  Proper transferring and positioning from or into beds and chairs eliminate pressure areas on the skin, reduces weakening and stiffening of muscles, and facilitates proper breathing, digestion, and elimination.
  • Feeding and Diet monitoring
    NursePartners’ staff will enable clients to eat a well balanced diet that provides the energy needed for active living and nutrients for disease prevention. Adults may need help feeding themselves for a variety of reasons and can find it difficult to accept this loss of independence. We understand this and make every effort to ensure that mealtime is both social and enjoyable.
  • Toileting and Incontinence Care
    We are sensitive and compassionately help clients maintain self-esteem and dignity as they receive assistance with toileting and personal hygiene.  Through our caring approach, NursePartners’ staff decreases clients’ anxiety and the embarrassment that accompanies the loss of independence and need for toileting assistance.

Chadds Ford, PA Companion Care

  • Philadelphia Home Care Meal Preparation
    We ensure that your loved one receives hot, delicious, and nutritious meals. We strive to include care recipients in the planning and preparation of these meals. Meals can become a social activity as carepartners participate.
  • Laundry
    The washing, dying, ironing, and storage of clothing can be done either in the client’s home or the laundromat. We seek to involve the client when possible.
  • Light Housekeeping
    NursePartners’ light housekeeping services include dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, organization, changing linens, and performing other maintenance chores.
  • Grocery Shopping/Errands
    We are happy to shop for groceries and run errands. Clients may choose to stay home or come with us.  Running errands is a great way to stay active!
  • Transportation
    NuresPartners staff are privately insured by NursePartners to personally transport the client.  We accompany the client to other care services, including medical appointments, shopping trips, barbershops, and beauty salons.
  • Medication Reminders
    Although Certified Nursing Assistants cannot administer medication, we will help ensure that clients take medications as prescribed.  We can assist with opening medication containers and reminding the client when it is time to take doses.

Best Chadds Ford, PA Home Health Care

Each clinician that we employ possesses experience with the aging population and has an understanding and respect for each client and individual.  We will work diligently to assist, achieve, and maintain the maximum level of independence that for each older adult.

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