Dietary recommendations for people with dementia
Some people with dementia may have a poor appetite or lose interest in food altogether.
Everything from the way you set up a table, to the colour of the tablecloth or the type of crockery used, can help encourage a person to feel comfortable and confident at mealtimes.
Sometimes people with dementia can struggle with handling cutlery or crockery, so it can be helpful to provide smaller knives and forks and use high rimmed plates, to ensure their dignity is maintained. We also offer finger food to encourage independence and enjoyment at mealtimes.
Playing a person’s favourite music can also help people to relax and enjoy the dining experience.
In care homes, carers build relationships with the families of residents to understand their eating habits and food preferences, to ensure that they are eating healthily or can eat foods they enjoy, and to ensure the best overall care is being provided.
At Anchor Hanover we decorate our dining areas in colours that are warm and inviting, to stimulate appetite and encourage eating at mealtimes. We appreciate that not everyone likes company and ensure individual wishes are respected when it comes to mealtimes.
The smell of freshly baked bread, sponge cakes and coffee in a dining room can also stimulate appetite. We do all we can to make sure people are included in menu planning and offered choice at every meal.
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