DEM 302 T/601/9187 Credit 3Ildiko Farkas | | |
Understand and meet the nutritional requirements of individuals with dementia
1. Understand the nutritional needs that are unique to individuals with dementia.
1.1. Describe how cognitive, functional and emotional changes associated with dementia can affect eating, drinking and nutrition.
Poor nutrition can actually worsen the symptoms of dementia for people. A report states that people with dementia who are undernourished may end up worsening their condition. But poor nutrition can also cause individuals with dementia to need specialised help more often as well.
1.2. Explain how poor nutrition can contribute to an individual’s experience of dementia.
Dementia can be effected by other conditions that may prevent the individual from eating or drinking: Health – it is quite often for individuals with dementia to end up with Urinary Tract Infection or UTI for short, and while having a UTI the individuals may get more confused or angry causing them to not wanting to eat.
Effects of poor nutrition
* Higher risk of infection
* Reduced wound healing
* Dermatological problems
* Disturbed sleeping pattern
* Weight loss/gain
1.3. Outline how other health and emotional conditions may affect the nutritional needs of an individual with dementia.
Other health and emotional conditions could be , as that can lead to a loss of appetite and also a lack of interest in food and drinks. Becoming depressed can make them feel like they want to be on their own most of the time therefore becoming socially isolated can also affect the nutritional needs as they do not feel like eating and most likely won’t.
Depending on the type of dementia a person has they refuse to eat all together, this could be caused by the mind simply telling them they