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Why is food such a problem in facilities?

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:47:36 GMT

Dr. Landsverk, I would like to add my 2 cents. Because the dementia floor residents don't get enough food they have a short fuse and become agitated and mean, and then they have to be medicated. The portions are small and the special meals for those who can't use utensils are dreadful. What can we do about this?

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 12:53:30 GMT

I'm sorry to hear that your residence has not served enough good food. I find many places give a lot of starches. Breads, pastas, rice, cookies, cakes. If you can have a good diet of fruits, vegetables, lean meats that is great. I have not seen the utensils looking like "sporks". For some elders finger food is better. There can also be a challenge that elders with dementia don't eat much. I have had a few folks who will only eat ice cream. I am here to tell you that I have had several folks survive on only ice cream and Ensure. At this point we are looking to quality of days, not as much quantity. ( that said a good Mediterranean diet is best!).

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:37:44 GMT

Poor food in facilities? Important to look at this when evaluating communities for a loved one. I have seen a skilled facility where ALL the food was pureed. Glop. Green Glop, White Glop, Brown Glop. Always important to discuss with the administrator about food preferences, needs for a chopped diet, or finger food.