Support Individuals to Eat and Drink
1 Be able to support individuals to make choices about food and drink
1.3 Describe ways to resolve any difficulties or dilemmas about the choice of food and drink
Some people might refuse to eat some food that has been given to them. They will have been given this food because it is what it says they need in their care plan such as a liquidised diet or a soft diet. If someone is on one of these diets then they might not be able to choose what they want to eat and then this will cause problems between the individual and the care assistant. However, there are some ways that you can resolve these difficulties and dilemmas. One of these ways is reporting them to your manager or senior member of staff who is on shift. You should also try and explain to the individual why they have to have that food. You could try and offer the individual some other food that is suitable for their diet.
1.4 Describe how and when to seek additional guidance about an individual’s choice of food and drink
You should seek additional guidance about an individual’s choice of food and drink when you are not sure about what they can and can’t have. You can seek additional guidance by asking your manager or the senior member of staff that is on that shift. However, you could also look in the individual’s care plan or you could ask their GP for a list of food and drink that they can have.
3 Be able to provide support for eating and drinking
3.1 Describe factors that help promote an individual’s dignity, comfort and enjoyment while eating and drinking
There is a variety of factors that help promote an individual’s dignity, comfort and enjoyment while eating and drinking. Some of these are simple such as ensuring the environment I safe and hygienic for them to eat. You can do this by keeping it clean and pleasant. To make sure that the consuming of food is enjoyable you can make sure that all of their needs are being met. However, you...