Care recipient (cr) is not eating a balanced diet and is not getting necessary nutrition

Try: #provide nutritious snacks and meals at the same time each day and make this a regular routine sliced fruits and vegetables or instant meal supplements may improve nutrition #try four or five small meals rather than three large ones #let the cr feed himself or herself whenever possible use a straw or sippy cup if the cr has trouble holding a glass #allow plenty of time for meals #use a bib or smock to reduce worry about food on clothing #provide finger foods that are ready to eat so that the cr does not have to deal with the little details for example cut larger pieces of food into bite-size pieces; pre-season with salt and pepper; put condiments on the plate or food etc #turn off any entertainment if the cr’s attention is on that rather than eating #sit down and eat with the cr to make the atmosphere more pleasant the cr may also need to mimic the action of chewing and swallowing #prepare soft foods if dentures don’t fit well or there are other dental issues such as loose or missing teeth #consider adding a vitamin tablet daily if the cr cr’s nutrition through food remains poor however keep in mind that some medical conditions and medicines interact poorly with some vitamin supplements so think carefully before choosing vitamins or supplements

Materials: Straw or sippy cup healthy snacks smock or bib multi-vitamin

Categories: Medical Physical, Personal, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision

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

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