Communication is challenging with a loved one with Alzheimer’s, including meal time. | LinkedIn: Alzheimer's and dementia patients also need a fiber rich diet (non commonplace in nursing homes) and constant reminders to drink water & stay hydrated. Institutional food and dehydration may cause agitation. A simple self test to check for dehydration was to pinch the skin at the back of the wrist; if it stay pinched that means your dehydrated.
There are 6 additional considerations for dietary services with Dementia patients:
1) Presentation of food (a square tray versus a round plate can add confusion)
2) Food consistency (tremors & arthritis patient may have difficulty with soups).
3) Utensils (a carton of milk may be harder to open than milk poured into a glass with (or without) a straw)
4) Entree selection; many patient's have specific religious or dietary needs when it comes to meal times.
5) Frequency of feedings- Alzheimer's & Dementia patients should eat often, minimally 3 times/day + snacks, to help keep weight on.
6) Dining room environment(noise & chaos)
Good topic, Cynthia!