Helping the person with End Stage Alzheimer’s to eat
During any holiday season there will be many festive dinners. Friends, family and other loved ones will be joining together to celebrate life and the holiday.
A festival of food and celebrations that remind us all of our loved ones with end stage Alzheimer’s dementia who can no longer chew, nor sometimes taste the savory flavor of a holiday dinner.
A liquid diet works well while the person with Alzheimer’s can still sip from a bottle or straw, as many health drinks provide multiple nutrients for those who can not chew.
With The Bullet, Nutri Bullet or other Juicers, most foods can be pureed until easily swallowed by someone with health issues, yet still provide the nutrients that they need. Later on, when they no longer remember how to swallow, it becomes a little more difficult.
Ensure and other health drinks are super nutritious, easier to swallow as they are thinner and most taste similar to a milk shake. But knowing how to suck on a straw or even swallow eventually evaporates from the memory as well.
If your loved one can no longer chew nor sip from a straw
you might be interested in the article below
Lori La bey (the webmaster at Alzheimer’s Speaks) has written a fantastic article about feeding her own mother from a straw. With text and photos of the exact process, I refer to this article often when asked how to assist a loved one who can no longer chew.
By Lori La Bey of Alzheimer’s Speaks and Senior Lifestyle Trends
My Mom, in her end stages of Alzheimer’s disease now has trouble sipping or sucking to get her fluid intake at times. This doesn’t happen all the time but when it does I have learned one of the easiest ways to get liquids in her is to use a straw kind of like an eye dropper. I use an adjustable straw as seen in the photos. And you’ll also see pictures of Mom and I using this technique. Read More….
Some wonderful tools to make delicious liquid meals for those who can no longer eat from the table