Explain The Importance Of Recognising And Meeting Individuals With Dementia Can Affect Eating

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DEM 302 Understanding and meet the nutritional requirements of individuals with dementia. 1.1 Describe how cognitive, functional and emotional changes associated with dementia can affect eating. If the individuals cognitive ability is impaired they could forget to eat and drink, as well as think that they haven’t been fed, we might think they had a drink or eaten their food where as they might have tipped their drink down the sink or thrown their food away. If the functional ability changes it could mean that they can’t hold cutlery or hold a drink, therefore unable to feed themselves or feed themselves properly. When the emotional state changes they may become stressed and not want to eat or drink and may also forget that they need to…show more content…
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 don’t feel like eating and most likely wont. 1.4 Explain the importance of recognising and meeting individuals personal and cultural preferences for food and drink. It is very important to recognise what an individual likes to eat and drink and what they don’t like. If you don’t recognise these you are not meeting their preferences and that will cause them to not eat and drink instead of realising that it is something they don’t like. When you know what they do like you can always assure that there is always something available. When it comes to an individuals cultural needs you need to identify that they might be of some religion where at times of the year they may not eat or will only eat certain foods. 1.5 Explain why it is important to include a variety of food and drink in the diet of an individual with…show more content…
Also keeping a diary on when the individual tends to become hungry, therefore that time can become a regular mealtime. Also making mealtimes quite fun and try talking about how they used to enjoy food and their family traditions and celebrations. 2.3 Describe how a person centred approach can support an individual, with dementia at different levels of ability, to eat and drink. Treating everyone as an individual and making them make informed choices is the best person centred approach. Treating them as an individual makes easier to be aware of their preferences. Many individuals with dementia can make their own choices in what they like to eat and drink. Individuals with severe dementia may not be able to make their own choices therefore we can inform them, and if they are unable to communicate or tell us anything sometimes we can show them the options. By asking the individuals family we can also see what they like and observing them can tell us what they like better than other things. 3.1 Demonstrate how the knowledge of life history of an individual with dementia has been used to provide a diet that meets his/her

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