Good nutrition includes good hydration. The average person should drink at least 8 full glasses of water each day. People with dementia require additional water due to physical activity and/or medications. However some people don’t like to drink water. Well there are other alternatives such as Jell-O or popsicles. The reason why is because they have similar properties as drinking a glass of water.
People with dementia may have difficulty using a fork or spoon. So to make things easier we try utilizing finger foods in our meal planning. For example, using tater tots instead of mashed potatoes, this is a good alternative to using a fork or spoon and everyone, no matter how old you are, love tater tots!
People with dementia may need extra help during meals, so we are aware of how we provide assistance. To avoid causing any embarrassment, food is cut up prior to serving. Also, using a washable apron versus a “bib” during meals to catch spills is recommended since an apron is bigger and it being washable makes it reusable a lot more.
If your loved one is not eating well, they may be overwhelmed by what and how much is being served. One tip is to provide individual small portions of each food in separate bowls, served one at a time.
The physical environment plays a big role in how well a person with dementia eats. So we cater to these special needs by making our dining environment calm and free from distractions. The tables have place mats where the plate can easily be seen and the utensils and glassware should be easy to grasp and properly weighted. These are just small special amenities that we offer to our individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Should you need to ask us any other questions or wish to set up an appointment with us feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.