Eating and Drinking with Dementia

Written by Active Minds on Wednesday the 31st of August 2016.

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Everyone has a different and personal preference when it comes to food and drink. Knowing the person will give you a better understanding of their likes and dislikes, and help manage their diet better.

Have a look at some helpful tips to encourage an appetite here.

Keep food warm

When food goes cold, it is not nice for anyone and loses its appeal. Serve small portions to keep food warm and reheat if necessary.

Create a relaxed atmosphere

A relaxed, friendly atmosphere may help. Avoid distracting noises from the television and if you can, avoid unnecessary clutter on the dining table, for example, flowers and candles.

Soft foods

People with dementia may struggle swallowing foods. Try serving softer foods such as scrambled eggs or stewed apples to make it easier.

Food alternatives

If someone is struggling to eat solid or even soft foods, try different types of food such as milkshakes or smoothies. Not only are these easy to swallow, they are full of flavour and nutrients.

Brighten up the plate

It is important to make food look and smell as appealing as possible. Try different coloured foods such as different colourful fruit and vegetables.

Patience

People living with dementia will take longer to complete most tasks, this is particularly true when it comes to eating. Many care homes and hospitals saw great results in terms of weight gain when measures were taken to ensure people with dementia had longer to eat their meals.