Care recipient (cr) with severe visual impairment refuses to eat the cr gets frustrated trying to find where the plate and utensils are and identifying the foods on the plate materials placemat optional plate glass cup and eating utensils napkins prepared food

Try: Set table with placemat optional at each place setting put a knife and spoon on the right and a fork on the left put the napkin next to the spoon and the glass and cup on the right above the knife and spoon explain to the cr where you are going and help him or her to the table put the prepared foods meat potatoes pasta and vegetable consistently in the same place on the plate let the cr know what you are doing as you set the plate in front of him or her let the cr know where the utensils glass cup and napkin are located describe where each food item on the plate is by using a clock for example the chicken is between the 3 and 6 o’clock position the green beans are between the 12 and 3 o’clock position and so on allow the cr to eat without added help if at all possible don’t hurry the cr through the eating experience

Materials: Computer with an internet connection phone book and phone

Categories: Medical Physical, Personal, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, So-So Vision, Poor Vision, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware

Information: A severe visual impairment does not imply that the cr is unable to feed self

References: n/a

Keywords: Poor vision low vision visually impaired difficulty eating not eating

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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