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Ways to Get Someone to Eat /
Put the power in their hands. When
possible, give the person you are caring for the
decision-making power to decide what they would like to
eat; it helps them to feel in control.
Make it pretty. Present appetizing looking meals by
accenting the plate with a garnish (i.e. strawberry or
melon). Also, make the dining experience pleasant for
the person you are caring for by playing soft music or
talking to them about the dayís events while they are
eating to take their minds off not feeling well.
Write it down. Keep a food diary about the person you
are caring for and include: what food they have problems
or complications digesting and their daily food menus,
and review it with their doctor or dietician for
feedback. They may be experiencing digestive problems or
irritable bowl syndrome due to their menu.
Work it out. Try and get them moving to work up an
appetite. If overall exercise such as walking isnít
possible, have them fold the laundry or peel vegetables.