Alleviate any diversions when eating, and be basic
with your meals:
Use only utensils that are needed.
Have cups with lids to avoid a mess if
If possible, use bowls instead of plates.
Provide food that can easily be eaten. Serve
food that is already cut, cooled, and easily recognizable to the
Caring for those with swallowing or chewing
Use simple spoken commands to help them
realize when to swallow and when to chew.
Do not serve food that breaks apart easily
or foods that tend to be messy.
Serve food in small amounts, and make sure
food is cut up so they can chew and swallow without much effort.
Allow them a moment to swallow and then
prepare for their next bite.
Check to see that food is not too hot for
them, and have it moistened if possible.
Caring for those who eat too much or too little:
Allow for healthy snacks throughout the day
to offset eating at just mealtime.
Ensure the person receives enough exercise
to justify their food intake.
Serve foods that the person likes best to
keep up their appetite.
Think about your style of cooking. Does it
supply the proper nutrition and is easy to digest