Care recipient (cr) can’t feed himself and needs help eating

Try: Provide privacy as necessary especially if the person is just learning how to eat independently again tell the cr what foods are on the tray sit down next to the cr and make pleasant conversation throughout the meal even if the cr cannot answer or respond encourage cr to do as much as possible for him herself during the meal even if cr is almost totally dependent on the caregiver (cg) to feed him the cg should still try to involve the cr in the process as much as possible for example by asking the cr to hold his own napkin when assisting cr to eat use a spoon not a fork offer cr small bites of food slowly give the cr enough time to chew and swallow each bite offer the cr small sips of liquid frequently between bites

Materials: Spoon napkin meal tray cup with straw drinking straw

Categories: Sage, Topic, Maintenance, Medical Physical, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Immobile

Information: n/a

References: lippincott’s essentials for nursing assistants by carter pj 2007 philadelphia lippincott williams & wilkins pp 448-9

Keywords: Bedbound eating chewing swallowing feeding

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

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