Vq Diet

Lyndsay assisted with meal time in the main dining room. Lyndsay is aware that the environment is a very important part in an individual’s experience in eating and drinking.   Each individual has different needs, physically or mentally.

She has full understanding of her client’s preferences and needs as she has read their care plans and discussing individuals with senior staff and her colleague, during report. Lyndsay has a good understanding of the personal centre approach, to see the individual first and the physical and mental needs second. She is aware of any problems which occur with eating and drinking is unique to the individual and their beliefs and preference should be tailored to their personal needs.

Lyndsay understands the different levels of support that each individual needs, according to their cognitive impairment.   She knows that some individual have difficulties in recognising that there’s food on their plate and need colourful plates or the food is left uneaten. Some clients lose the ability to use their cutlery, hold a cup of tea or feed them self re physically unable to or mentally unable to.

She has discuses with her colleagues regarding different diets needed i.e. soft or diabetic and extra nutritional needs and preferences in food and drink. Lyndsay understands that a person with dementia often experience problems with eating and drinking and how important it is to have a well balance diet (nutritional requirements).With a healthy diet physical and mental wellbeing can be sustain and help to preserve quality of life. Poor diet and fluid intake can lead to urine infections, constipation and confusion. The individual will be prone to weight lost due to lack of appetite, problem with communicating, not being able to recognise when they are hunger.   They can became depressed and lose their appetite and interest in food. Physically their co-ordination is poor they get tired and can have difficulties in chewing and swallowing.