Compassionate Cuisine

A Unique Philosophy and Approach to Dining

How To Get A Dementia Patient To Eat

We understand the human desire for favorite foods and the physiological need for nutrition and hydration. It’s an important part of our social being and daily life. We have worked to design a philosophy and approach to dining that is able to adjust throughout the day to meet the many differing needs of each resident and serve food when they are ready to eat.

Having the proper care isn’t just about having a comfortable facility, it’s about every aspect of what our nursing home residents will experience. At home, it can be hard to know How to get dementia patients to eat, but our cuisine program takes care of this concern. Having strong eating habits is important to keep them going and make sure that they have the proper immune systems and energy to keep them moving and socializing.

Welbrook dining room set up
Dining room

Why?

Dementia and its associated conditions can create a unique set of challenges to a successful daily dining experience. Not all foods are tolerated and taste changes. The things that one would have loved in their food before dementia could completely change and they may start wanting to eat food they would’ve never eaten before. With dementia patients, there is no such thing as too many food choices. This will allow us to determine how their pallet is changed and ways that we can keep them interested in their food. There are other aspects that change with advanced dementia or any other stage. Perhaps, being able to sit for three complete meals is no longer a realistic expectation. We understand the need to be flexible and that’s why we have created our Compassionate Cuisine experience.

When it comes to our patients that are experiencing advanced dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, poor nutrition can start to become a large concern. We want to make eating easier and keep any poor appetite in check. We will offer food choices that will allow for a balanced diet and will affect appetite in a positive way and will help subside bad eating habits.

Why Does Poor Nutrition Happen?

One of the biggest reasons that this happens is because eating habits change when someone with dementia progresses or as Alzheimer’s disease progresses. There can be many advancements that progress when advanced stages start with these diseases. They can experience loss interest in food, difficulty swallowing problems, or may avoid foods that they’ve always enjoyed. Someone with dementia may also experience overeating. Overeating can cause many problems for the individual and can cause health issues. These are just a few sides effects that may happen because of these diseases.

When it comes to getting the proper nutrition and making sure they are getting the proper fluid intake, it takes practice. This could be anything from controlling with smaller and more frequent meals, trying new foods, or making sure they can swallow their food. We don’t want you as family members, worried about your loved one. You need to know that the overall health of your loved one is to be carefully monitored and watched. We want to help our patients to start eating and keep eating to keep them happy and healthy.

How do we achieve this dining experience?

We understand that the interests, abilities, and needs of each resident are constantly changing and our dining techniques must realistically address these changes. Performing a simple task of proper eating and drinking is something that we want to help all our residents have supported.

We have implemented a 3+3 Dining approach. 3+3 Dining provides three daily nutritious sit-down meals along with three creative handheld foods that can be enjoyed in addition to or in place of, our daily meals. This allows each resident to maintain a healthy diet while eating on their own schedule.

A calm dining atmosphere that promotes concentration. Having concentration is important to keep them focused on the food in front of them instead of looking around constantly.

Adaptive utensils to assist with dexterity issues. Simple muscle function can be hard or may not be possible. We will give options for finger foods to make it simple for the patients to eat.  A commitment to serve and present many needed diet modifications with dignity. Having options for foods that are pureed foods and if needed tube feeding.

 

How do we achieve this dining experience?

Welbrook Dining room

We would love for you to see what we’ve done to make our dining room perfect for our residents. We’ve created an easy flow with a beautiful design to help everyone feel comfortable when they come to see their loved one(s).