Care recipient (cr) appears to be losing weight and may not be eating or eating well

Try: Serve meals at the same time each day make the eating area quiet turn off the tv cd player or radio offer just one food at a time instead of filling the plate or table with too many things use colorful plates so cr can see the food control between-meal snacks lock the refrigerator door and food cabinets if necessary put masking tape near the top and or bottom of the doors make sure cr cr’s dentures are tight fitting loose dentures or dentures with bumps or cracks may cause choking or pain making it hard to eat take poorly fitting dentures out until cr can get dentures that fit let the doctor know if cr loses a lot of weight for example if he she loses 10 pounds in a month remember that these are just tips try different things and see what works best for cr

Materials: Cabinet locks masking tape

Categories: Sage, Topic, Emotional Psychological, Medical Physical, Independence, Some Supervision, Smelling, So-So Smelling, Poor Smelling, Taste, So-So Taste, Poor Taste, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware, Long-Term Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

Information: May have to be repeated more than once to different staff members tell er staff that cr has cognitive problems explain how best to talk with cr if cr must stay overnight in the hospital try to have a friend or family member stay with him her

References: caring for a person with alzheimer’s disease your easy-to-use guide from the national institute on aging by national institute on aging 2011 available at www nia nih gov

Keywords: Weight loss forgets to eat upset at mealtime not eating dentures dental care

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

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