Presenting simple and cost-effective solutions for maintaining and improving mealtime abilities, this book discusses the practical aspects of eating and drinking as part of person-centred dementia care.
Due to cognitive decline, changes in mealtime abilities can lead to malnutrition and related issues for people with dementia, alongside feelings of powerlessness and isolation. This research-informed book explains how to make the most of mealtimes for increased nutritional intake, socialising, and food enjoyment, in a range of care settings. The book covers topics such as the physical act of eating and drinking, creating a comfortable and friendly dining environment, using appropriate tableware, and dealing with common issues such as problems with swallowing and choking.
Practical Nutrition and Hydration for Dementia Friendly Mealtimes
Foreword. 1. Dementia and Mealtimes. 2. Mealtime abilities in Dementia. 3. Assessing and Preserving Mealtime Abilities in Dementia. 4. Independence and Dignity at Mealtimes: The Ability to Eat and Drink. 5. Practical Interventions Section One: Enhancing Independence and Dignity at Mealtimes. 6. Preferences and Choice at Mealtimes: The Sensory Experience. 7. Practical Interventions Section Two: Augmenting Preferences and Choice at Mealtimes. 8. Oral Abilities and Behaviours: The Relation to Swallowing Difficulties. 9. Practical Interventions Section Three: Managing Oral Abilities and Behaviours. 10. Meal Behaviours: Effect of the Mealtime Environment. 11. Practical Interventions Section Four: Supporting Meal Behaviours through Adjusting the Mealtime Environment. 12. Summary and Conclusions. References. Index.