Eating Habits
Suggestions When Feeding Your Elderly Loved Ones
By Ryan Mackey

 

 

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 spilled.

  • 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 person. 

Caring for those with swallowing or chewing problems:

  • 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